1984 George Orwell Resistance of the Protagonists

Topics: Nineteen Eighty-Four, Ministry of Truth, Ministry Pages: 4 (1203 words) Published: November 7, 2011
The Resistance of Winston and Julia
In his novel ‘Nineteen Eighty Four’, George Orwell created a new world which is divided into three intercontinental super-states after a global war. The novel occurs in Oceania, which is one of these super-states. There are three parts of the social system; the upper-class Inner Party, the middle-class Outer Party and the lower class Proles, who make up 85 percent of the population and represent the working class, in other words; Big Brother; the party leader at top, the party in the middle and the proles at the bottom. The government; the Party, controls the population through four government ministries; Ministry of Peace, Ministry of Plenty, Ministry of Love and Ministry of Truth. The private and the public lives of the people are monitored by the telescreens.

The protagonist Winston Smith is a member of Outer Party. Since he grew up during the revolution and the civil war, he can clearly remember how it was like before the revolution. This fact makes him keep negative thoughts towards the Party and Big Brother. He keeps a journal of these thoughts about the Party which if discovered by the Thought Police would warrant death.

One day a dark haired woman hands Winston a note reading ‘I love you.’ She is Julia who repairs the Ministry’s novel writing machines. Before then, he always thought that she is a spy for the Inner Party. But with the note she hands him, he doesn’t resist and they begin a love affair. They first meet in the country, then they rent a room above antiques shop where they think they are safe and alone without knowing the Thought Police have discovered their rebellion and had been spying on them for some time.

Julia was important for Winston, because the Party views marriage as a vehicle for producing children to serve the party. Erotic desire is rebellion. But with Julia, Winston feels different. Sexual intercourse with Julia is not mechanical, it is emotional. ‘Sexual intercourse was to be looked on...
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