1984 Discussion Questions

How are Winston and Julia different when it comes to the nature of their rebellion against the Party? How does their age difference figure into this?

Winston sees rebellion as a communal activity. In particular, he sees hope in the proles’ numbers. He thinks they can, if they really band together, mount a challenge against the Party. Julia sees rebellion as an individual act. She expresses her rebellion mainly through her sexual acts, which are heavily policed by the Party. Her sexual encounters are dangerous, and hence qualify as a political act. Winston is more than ten years older than Julia, and this age difference also amplifies the dangers of their sexual encounters.

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