1984 Thesis Statement Power

It is not the case that Winston’s opinions are always presented as objective, but the narrator often alternates between the use of FID and mentioning that it is Winston who thinks something.Let us consider for example the first time Julia (at that point still nameless) is mentioned: He did not know her name, but he knew that she worked in the Fiction Department.(Orwell 17)It it thus undeniable that Winston started out hating Julia simply because he wanted to have sex with her.

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The use of free indirect discourse (‘It was no use trying the lift’) ensures, like in many other books, that the main character’s focalisation is easily overlooked and taken as the truth.

When he stops ‘just’ hating Julia’s body, Winston starts to see it as a means to an end: he thinks Julia can defy the Party with it.

When he dreams of her undressing, what overwhelms him is ‘admiration for the gesture with which she … as though Big Brother and the Party and the Thought Police could all be swept into nothingness by a single splendid movement of the arm’ (33).

And this view is never challenged by the only woman who doesn’t fit quite into this narrative: Julia might be different, she is still first and foremost defined as a female body. Eckstein argues this stems at least partly from his fear that she is a member of the Thought Police (49), and this is probably party true, certainly when Winston wants to kill Julia because she saw him in the proles quarter (105).

However, before this he has already said: He hated her because she was young and pretty and sexless, because he wanted to go to bed with her and would never do so, because round her sweet supple waist, which seemed to ask to encircle it with your arm, there was only the odious scarlet sash, aggressive symbol of chastity.


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