RE: Help me with 1984 assigment

  1. Compare and contrast Julia and Winston. How does each rebel against the Party, and are these rebellions at all effective?
  2. Trace Winston’s path towards destruction. Where do we first see his fatalistic outlook? Is his defeat inevitable?
  3. Discuss the role of technology in Oceania. In what areas is technology highly advanced, and in what areas has its progress stalled? Why?
  4. Discuss the role of Big Brother in Oceania and in Winston’s life. What role does Big Brother play in each?
  5. Discuss contradiction in Oceania and the Party’s governance, i.e. Ministry of Love, Ministry of Truth, Ministry of Plenty, Ministry of Peace. Why is such contradiction accepted so widely?
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1. Winston and Julia do not have a relationship in the traditional sense. Physically Winston is much older than Julia (around 39). He does not feel attractive. His joints are sore, he has varicose veins and he can barely do the imposed exercises that flash on the telescreens. Julia is young (around 22). She is passionate and attractive. Julia likes Winston because he is against the party. Although they share plenty of “love” time together. She likes the rebellion behind the affair. She enjoys breaking the rules with somebody with a similar ideology. Winston, to put it bluntly, enjoys having sex with someone so young and attractive as Julia. She awakens a person, that long seemed dead, inside of him. Julia is much more educated on the strategies and purposes behind the propaganda than Winston is. Julia has more in-depth opinions and reasoning on the Party itself, whereas Winston is frustrated and wanting to do something, but not really understanding fully the implications of the Party itself. Julia is an expert at covert, undercover rebellion. Winston is happy with this for a while but he wants more. Winston has grand desires to join up with the supposed shadow rebellion that will overthrow the Party. He has grander ambitions that go beyond simple covert rebellion as a form of survival

Answered on 22.06.2017.
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