George Orwell 1984 Feminist Analysis

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In the book 1984 by George Orwell, we see a time period where the government has complete control over everything including the personal lives of those with in the community. The act of passion, physical attraction, and intimacy has been stripped away from those and is merely an act of duty to the party. The dictated suppression of the natural impulses leads those down a path of rebellious perpetration. Oceania is run under the totalitarian government Ingsoc. The governments rules and regulations were backed up by the party members. Among many things the party wanted to control the relationship between a man and a woman by limiting . “Sexual desire, thus, is not chiefly aimed at physical pleasure or the production of children, but at…show more content…
Winston a married man to a woman named Kathrine, who had “the most stupid, vulgar, empty mind that Winston had ever encountered.” (66) Kathrine and Winston's relationship that they upheld was a forced relationship both physically and mentally. Due to the parties controlling nature it made sex for them a chore and was something that was unbearable for Winston. Sex something pleasurable has now become work and only fulfilled the purpose of making a baby as part of their duty to the party. Unable to have a baby to meet the requirements of the party they decided to part. This was something that was encouraged by the party if unable to have a baby. Winston felt defeated and resentful towards the party and its control. Winston's desires to have a real love affair with some one was…show more content…
Sex for Winston and Julia became a form of rebellious activity towards the party. It was something that was not allowed and made it more desirable to do. The forbidden nature of sex and the secrecy that was kept made it more erotic and dangerous for Winston and Julia. Over time Winston and Julia's relationship became an uncontrollable necessity. Winston had realized that “The smell of her hair, the taste of her mouth, the feeling of her skin seemed to have got inside him, or into the air all around him. She had become a physical necessity.” (140) Not only does Winston and Julia have the need for sex they also have the need for physical affection. “The need for affection in human beings is unique in the sense that we are a social species who require a certain degree of contact with other human beings.”(Rhodes) The deeper their connection, love and physical affection grew for each other they began to fear for their lives and the thought of getting

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