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1984

1984

  

by George Orwell

1984 Winston Smith Quotes

Winston Smith >

Quote 31

His eyes re-focused on the page. He discovered that while he sat helplessly musing he had also been writing, as though by automatic action. And it was no longer the same cramped, awkward handwriting as before. His pen had slid voluptuously over the smooth paper, printing in large neat capitals

DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER
DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER
DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER
DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER
DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER (1.1.36-37)

Unleashing all of his fury, Winston finally triumphs his over fear by setting pen to paper in the essential rebellion that contains all other crimes in itself – thoughtcrime.

Winston Smith > Julia

Quote 32

"Have you done this before?"

"Of course. Hundreds of times – well scores of times anyway."

"With Party members?"

"Yes, always with Party members." (2.2.48-51, Winston and Julia)

Julia must be awfully busy if she's been getting jiggy with hundreds of guys. For her, it's just another way to stick it to the Man. 

Winston Smith > Julia

Quote 33

His heart leapt. Scores of times she had done it: he wished it had been hundreds – thousands. Anything that hinted at corruption always filled him with a wild hope. Who knew, perhaps the Party was rotten under the surface, its cult of strenuousness and selfdenial simply a sham concealing iniquity. If he could have infected the whole lot of them with leprosy or syphilis, how gladly he would have done so! Anything to rot, to weaken, to undermine! He pulled her down so that they were kneeling face to face. "Listen. The more men you've had, the more I love you. Do you understand that?" (2.2.54-55, Winston)

Winston probably would have had a great time with all the free love in the 1960's. Here he's fantasizing about how rebellious it would be if Julia had sex with thousands of other men. Thousands? Really, Winston? For him, it's all part of her rebellious allure—she's the bad girl, but that's what makes her oh-so-good.

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