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The opening of Book Two of 1984 in which Winston meets Julia and begins the erotic affair he has so deeply desired commences the main section of the novel and strikes an immediate contrast between the two lovers Unlike Winston Julia is neither overly speculative about nor troubled by the Party Rather she possesses a mix of sensuality and practicality that enables her to plan their affair with ruthless efficiency and then enjoy it with abandon Julia also lacks Winstons fatalism When he tells her We are the dead she replies calmly Were not dead yet Julia is more optimistic than Winston and uses her body to remind him that he is alive She accepts the Party and her life for what it is and tries to make the best of a situation that cannot be greatly improved Though not interested in Winstons need to understand the Party Julia does facilitate Winstons attempts to undermine the Party In Chapter III she produces some of the most astute analysis of the Party in the novel Her understanding of sexual repression as a mechanism to incite war fever and leader worship renders her sexual activity a political act From Winstons point of view the significance of having unauthorized sex with another Party member lies in the fact that his rebellion is no longer confined to himself Though he considers her somewhat self-absorbed Winston is thrilled that Julia has had so many affairs with so many Party members Sexual jealousy no longer has a place as Winston revels in the possibility of widespread rebellion against the Partys strict mandates Analysis These three chapters represent a transitional period during which Winstons affair with Julia becomes an established part of their lives and leading up to Winstons meeting with OBrien Despite the risk Winston rents the room above Mr Charringtons shop so that he and Julia can have a regular place to meet As the preparations for Hate Week cast
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