A Contrast between Winston's Relationships with Katharine and Julia and why they ultimately failed

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A Contrast between Winston’s Relationships with Katharine and Julia and why they ultimately failed

Christianity has done a great deal for love by making a sin of it. 
-Anatole France 

Julia, 26 years old, is Winston’s lover. Her name is very carefully chosen; it suggests Juliet, the Shakespearean character whose name has been connected to love.

At the beginning of the book Winston hates her yet at the same time is attracted to her. A good example of this is on page 7:

“A narrow scarlet sash, emblem of the Junior Anti-sex league, was wound several times round the waist of her overalls, just tightly enough to bring out the shapeliness of her hips.”

This extract shows that Winston hated all that she stood for; she was a Party zealot, a member of the Junior Anti-sex League, a bigoted adherent and a swallower of slogans. Even though Winston perceives her to be like that, he cannot deny his sexual attraction to her when he notices the shapeliness of her hips.

        Although Julia carries this atmosphere around with her, Winston’s perception of her was wrong: she gives him a letter containing the words, I love you. Winston soon realises that she leads a double life; she is a member of the Ministry of Truth’s fiction department yet she revels in her sexual escapades.

        They had an extremely shallow relationship based on their hatred for the party and their sexual desires.

        Katharine, who never appears directly in the book, was Winston’s wife and they had separated between 9 and 10 years ago after a fifteen month marriage.

“Katharine was a tall, fair haired girl, very straight, with splendid movements. She had a bold, aquiline face, a face that one might have called noble.”

        After reading this description she seems to appear strikingly similar to Winston’s mother. Although Orwell does not mention this resemblance in the book Winston may have married Katharine for that reason; after losing his mother as a child, he wanted to feel closer to her. Winston seems as though he has got an Oedipus complex. This seems as though this could be the only reason for their marriage because Winston did not know her very well.

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“Very early in their married life he had decided- though perhaps it was only that he knew her more intimately than he knew most people- that she had without exception the most stupid, empty, vulgar mind that he had ever encountered.”

She really was a Party zealot; he refers to her as “the human soundtrack” because she could only express an idea verbally by repeating what she had been told by the Party.

        What he detested was having sex with Katharine.

“When he touched her, she seemed to wince and stiffen. Embracing her was like embracing a jointed ...

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This is a very strong analytical essay and the only thing that needs improving is the way the essay is structured; this includes the way that quotes are used and the way points are linked to one another. 4 Stars