Power Struggle, 1984

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The novel, 1984, depicts a dystopian society centered around the ideas of a total power and control from a single complex party, through a nonexistent idol. In the novel, there are the ones who seek to gain reverence and stability within the society, the ones who submit to their poor situation and lifestyles because of acceptance or ignorance, and there are those like Julia—who resist the oppression from Big Brother. Julia protest against the Party in her own way. Her rebellion is especially for her own benefit. Even if she views her actions as a stand against Big Brother, she is not able to fully commit in a meaningful way, to a rebellion, without Winston. The power Julia possess over her body, though enormous to her, is not enough to phase a beast like Big Brother. Orwell uses Julia and her actions to show the magnitude of Big Brother, its ability to manipulate any individual or society, and to demonstrate Big Brother’s ultimate power over the mind and body. Julia rebels sexually and emotionally. She rebels in a fashion similar to a teenager, sneaking away and committing rebellious acts for the rush and thrill. It’s obvious that Julia has been deceiving the Party for quite some time, given she knows the ways of avoiding surveillance and detection. Julia is sneaky and transparent in her tactics; she appears as any other young woman, living in a “hostel with thirty other girls”, and is even a member of the Junior Anti-Sex League. Julia comes across as the perfect Party member in every way. She transforms into whole other person when she’s committing rebellious acts. She essentially cheats on Big Brother by going out with men, trashing the Party and abandoning all society’s expectations. Julia escapes the control of the Party during her escalades and every sexual encounter done right is a “political act”. Julia reveals about herself that she has committed sexual
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