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Thematic comparison of female characters in `1984` and `Death and the Maiden`

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Love and lust carry two incompatible definitions. The definition of love injects the central ideal of having a strong feeling of affection for the other person. On the contrary, if these feelings were to be removed, replacing it with a single strong desire, lust is expressed. This differentiation is evident in the relationships witnessed in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, written by George Orwell and the play Death and the Maiden, written by Ariel Dorfman. The ideals of love can be easily portrayed between the character Paulina and Roberto who both show mutual feelings of affection for one another, despite the harsh history they have had. On the contrary, the relationship between Winston and Julia can be witnessed as an example of lust whereby, Winston and Julia meet because they both had a common single desire that both figures could fulfill. ...read more.


This expresses their personal ties between the two, decimating the single strong desire for one another. In context, love is demonstrated further during the pre-democratic state, whereby the two characters are split apart. During this time, Paulina went through a series of torture; in spite of this she does not give Roberto's name to the authority. By doing this, she kept Roberto's name protected, which further institutes the ideals of love since even in the most harsh conditions, they both were able to survive, letting their relationship prosper. This relationship expressed in the play Death and the Maiden is now reversed, when looking at the relationship between Winston and Julia in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. ...read more.


Unlike Paulina and Roberto, Winston and Julia never came across each other again. This further proves that Winston and Julia never actually loved each other since they easily left their past behind, expressing a lustful relationship. Thus, the two relationships expressed contradict one another emphasizing the difference between love and lust. By examining the relationship between Paulina and Roberto, and Winston and Julia, the difference between love and lust is made clear. Paulina and Roberto were able to survive even through the harshest times, allowing their relationship to continue. On the other hand, Winston and Julia's relationship fell apart quickly suggesting that the only reason they carried out a relationship was because of a single desire. Hence, the two relationships witnessed in Nineteen Eighty-Four and Death and the Maiden are placed on opposite ends of the spectrum. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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