"1984" Extract - Chapter 2 Winston meets Julia.

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George Orwell successfully manages to make this extract of '1984' by George Orwell striking and memorable through his vivid description of a utopian setting contrasted to the rest of the book's dystopia, where Winston, feeling common emotions of nervousness, meets Julia for the first time.


In the extract, Orwell presents a utopian setting for the first time in the novel. Orwell forces the reader to notice and appreciate the scene's natural and pleasant setting, and contrast it to the dark, oppressed nature of the city. The line "The bluebells were so thick underfoot" indicates the true and undisturbed nature of the place Winston has come to. The word "bluebells" is a striking and memorable idea in two ways. Firstly, the colour blue connoted with the flowers causes the reader to form a vivid idea of the setting in their mind, compared to the drab and dullness of Victory Mansions. Secondly, the idea of a specific flower becomes very memorable to the reader as it provides them with a symbol for the peace of the setting. The bluebells symbolise nature outside of the Party's control, where they can flourish, and grow naturally. The setting here, especially the idea of bluebells, becomes very memorable to the reader due to its visual comparison against the Party-controlled city, and being the first true place of freedom that Winston discovers.

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The reader also becomes aware of Winston's growing feelings of worry, and nervousness. Orwell makes use of free indirect speech in the line "the sense of his own inferiority was heavy upon him" to invoke sympathy in the audience, as they relate to his feelings of daunt and worry. Here, the word "inferiority" perfectly characterises both Winston as a character. As a character, he is often pessimistic, saying to Julia "we are the dead" later in the novel. Julia responds by saying "we are not dead yet". Winston's comment portrays his pessimistic nature, as he implies that the Party ...

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