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Hey guys I had a question: What is the significance of the rhyme on pg 146? Why do they remember it?
Why do you think Winston is immediately so trusting of Julia? How does he really know he can trust her? What causes him to trust her this way?
The rhyme is a connections to the past. It's catchy, so they remember it.
maria-i think the signifigance is that part of the past survived, even though the best attempts of the party were put to eliminate it and other things of the past.
madison-Winston loves Julia, so he trusts her.
Do you think Julia has any alterior motives in their relationship? She used other men, what makes you think she isn't using Winston?
madison-I think he trusts her because of what she says she has done with all of the other guys and because he wants to believe her and to find someone else who is/wants to rebel against the Party
Madison, I think that Winston trusts Julia because he's never had any experience with a free-thinker before; he assumes anyone with enough sense to defy the party by passing little secret notes has probably figured out that the Party is corrupt.
Madison:I think that Julia and Winston are drawn together by a common cause.
sarah-i don't think its because the rhyme is catchy, its part of the past that doesn't "exist". I think that is what makes it important.
I think that Julia does have a sense of what rebellion is, and she might have a higher purpose in the Party. Like she might be a secret agent type person.
Madison--I think that Winston is desperate for someone to agree with him and be on his side. It so hard to be alone.
Sarah-Do you find it kind of odd that Winston and Julia love each other. They didn't even know each other and suddenly they are in love??
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laura-are you saying she is secretly working for the Party against Winston?
I was saying that they remember it because it's catchy
Off of Laura's question?Is Julia a doubleagent? If so who does she work for really?
Kari would like to say that she is not blogging because she is having computer problems. Understand?
I believe that because Winston and Julia truly do love eachoter...like opposites attract. I believe that it goes back to the Yin-Yang, like Danny and Reuven in The Chosen by Chaim Potock
I agree, I think that Winston seeks someone who has similar beliefs about the party.But why does he trust her right away? Couldnt he view her relationships with other people from the party as something to not trust her about? How does he know she is not apying on him? Why does he throw away all of his other feelings about her so soon without making sure that he can believe what she says?
Kari- I do think that she will use Winston just because she seems to have a reason behind loving him. He seems to care a lot more than she does, I think she is just trying to get him to like her more than he would if she was just always there for his use.
Erin, does this remind you of any certain couple who were too stupid to run off together when they had the chance?I think that Madison is right that Winston is desperate for an ally, perhaps he's confusing his relief at finding someone for love.
erin-What about love at first sight?
I think that she is working for an Inner Party member and they have set up the whole thing so she can investigate Winston.
emily-I think it is hard for us to tell at this point which side she is truly working for because Winston believed she was a Thought Police worker and then the way she acts with him may be used to find out information. It's hard to see which side of her is really true right now.
Emilyl-I don't think that Julia is a doubleagent at all. She has obviously been trained to be one, but I don't think she is an actual agent that would report on Winston.
I don't think Julia is a doubleageant, and if she was, her fate is the same as everyone elses. Also, I think it seems strange that the party would establish all of these rules and then hire people to break them.
sarah-that's not why they remember it, in no point in the book does it say that the little catchy church tune from days past is catchy and thats why i sing it. They sing it because it's another act of rebellion that they can use and relate to each other. A part of the past that they found. Not because it's catchy.
erin- I dont think that it is odd because the way that winston saw that rebellion in O'brein without even talking to him and maybe Julia saw that in Winston.
And rmember...Winston could easily report her...
Madison-I think he trusts her, because they don't know how to choose who to trust and who not to. He hasn't learned who to trust and who not to trust, and I don't think he even thinks it is a possibility for her to be a spy.
Michelle,Mr. Meyer said attractive women are often the best spies...
hannah-i agree. Especially when they meet she ensures that they are in a very secret place and does not risk being heard over hidden microphones.
Tom, I agree. I find it odd that Winston automatically gives in to Julia, and has so much trust in her. Couldn't other people be using the same sort of plan (claiming to love someone) to get them to admit to thought crime? (not trying to say that is what Julia is doing to Winston)
Kari- good question... I was thinkign that too. She says shes had these affiars hundreds of times before. So what happens to these other men? Does she just use them and then disappear?I think she is planning on using Winston and then disappearing... Yet, I think she will fall even more in love with him and then want to stay with him, considering they believe in the same things, and then rebel together.
michelle- but Julia could just as easily repot him
emily-but didn't Winston say that she was not that attractive to look at? HE was just drawn to her because he longed to be with her
but michelle, he could report her, but if julia is acting as a double agent, than she would be safe when he reports her but she could report him for rebelling against the party and working with someone he thought was from the brotherhood.
laura-I don't think Julia is a doubleagent because she does not let Wintson go down the information path very often.Riley-I mean that the words of hte rhyme are catchy. They rhyme in many ways, the things they talk about are common...it's simple.
Emily- thats a great point , what did happen to those other men. Did dhe turn them in because she was just broed with them? Or did they just leave her? How can we ever be sure that winson wont just become another notch on her belt?
sorry that was emily adams.
I think she has all those affairs with those men and gets information out of them, and then turns them in if it is in conflict with Big Brother. I dont' know. Just a thought.
Julia says that she has had several relationships with other party members, but did she love all of them? Is Winston the only man Julia has ever loved? If so, then will this relationship be different and end differently for Julia?
Sarah-It could be love at first sight, but at first he hated her. Is that love? Tom- that reminds me of Romeo and Juliet. I was totally thinking of that when I was writting that comment, but look at how they turned out..
laurab-then why was she so open with Winston about what she has done?
Why can't Julia and Winston get married?
To answers Lane's question:I think that Julia's optimistic philosphy is going to bring her trouble in the minstry of love. She can't see true reality of drabness.
laura-Winston at first wanted to smash her face in, it was only after she confessed her love for winston and her hatred of the party that they loved each other. he didn't really long to be with her at first. But otherwise i agree.
emily-Julia says that at least one of the men she loved disappeared.
I'm not sure the Party would be willing to trust any of their spies with such ideas as Julia has, even if she doesn't really believe them. I believe spies would use more indirect methods to find the information they need to get.
emilyl- I agree with lauraf and to expand on that... i don't think it mattered back then for s job as a spy to be attractive, just as long as you are a loyal and hard worker, they would higher you. Plus, none of the ladies wear cosmetics so I really do not think looks matter to them...
Laura, I agree. That was a thought I had. Maybe the Party sends people to claim they are in love with people to get them to admit to thought crime.
hannah-does Julia truly love Winston or does she just say that she does? how would we know?
I think all those affairs are just her way to stick it to the man. She doesn't really care about taking control from the party, rather she just likes to do stuff behind their backs. It prooves to her that she is smarter than they are.
Maria-Winston is still married so they can't be married
Emilyl an lindsey c-I know. I was attempting (I obviously didn't do it well...) that there is obviously an attraction between them...stronger than that between one who is faking inable to inform on another. Check on page 132 for this quote "They did not discuss the posobility of getting married...No imaginable would ever sanction such a marriage."
Good question, Maria! Maybe marriage is a kind of arrangement by the Party when they come of age, if they come of age. I was wondering the same thing!
oops, just to clear that up:My last post was in reference to Laura Brennan's comment.
Laura- The only thing is that everything anyone does can be seen as going against Big Brother. Several things throughout the book suggest that although specific rules are not made about certain activities, such as walking through the prole cities, but Winston still avoids it.
MariaK-Winston and Julia cannot get married because they already know the party and the workers would not approve of this marriage. The party has to approve of every marriage. Also, Winston knows he is much older than Julia and so he thinks their marriage would not work out...
erinWinston did not know Julia before he met her. Haven't you ever hated someone, then met them, and become fast friends?
Maria,I think marriage for love doesn't exsist in this book. People marry to be good party memebers, not because they are in love.
If Winston is still married, then where is his wife? Did she get vaporized?
If Julia was a double agent...wouldn't she had already reported him?
Lane,Julia nd Winston can't get married because Wintson is already married...Katharine still lives.
Hannah, that's a good point. Anything unusual is regarded as suspicion. Julia and Winston havbe surely been caught together on telescreens at some point before, and if they got married people would immediately begin to suspect them.
Laura B--He said somewhere that the Party probably wouldn't even let him get back together with Kathrine. And also, if Julia has been with hundreds of guys, it doesn't seem like they really want to get married.
sarah-that isn't even the question!?! Maria asked what the signifigance of the rhyme was, and you answered that. But they don't say that it is catchy in the book. Winston knows it because of the prole guy who sold him the diary. They don't say that the rhyme is catchy. I agree when you said it was a connection to the past and that is why it is signifigant, but it being catchy isn't signifigant at all. unless you think something different, maybe a mention in the book or something that i missed.
Winston and Julia can't get married because, as I understand it, all marriages have to be okayed by the ministry of love. First, Winston is still technically married to Katherine, and second, they would become suspicious on how they met considering they don't really work together.
Hannah- I don't think she liked all of them, I do think Winston is the only one that she has had a chance to spend time with I think. I think that Julia does like Winston and doesn't want to turn him in, but do you think she has turned in the other men?Maria- I wonder the same.
Mariak-Again, look on page 132, it explains why they can't get married
Emilyl- Marriage for love is not premitted in Oceania. People marry for reproduction only and if there is any physical attraction, the marriage will not be approved.
mphair-Maybe Julia is trying to be a good spy and not immediatley report him. She could have some whole plan laid out and it may take a long time...
Sarah, I know that's basically what I said.
riley,Maria also asked why they remember it!
What do the rats represent? I agree with Kenna and how they represent all the evil in our lives. And as Zach said, it kind of shows them that what they just did was so terrible and hurtful to the Party. So, the rats are like the guilt and evil in our lives.
Sorry lane, I thought you were asking.
I agree with Kari that Julia is just using the men to be rebellious. At some point she mentions that an all-out rebellion against the party would be stupid, and she'd rather do "forbidden" acts behind their back for some sort of smug self-satisfaction.
sarah-but where does it say that in the book? i think there is some other reason we missed why they remembered it.
Shelby- I think the only way Julia could have turned other men in would be is she were a doubleageant. If she wasn't the men would tell the police about her actions as a rebel. So, she is either a doubleageant or she is a rebel and doesn't turn those men in.
Michelle- I think that if Julia was a double agent, she would not have reported him because the longer she is with him, the more she understands about human nature. I think that even if she was a double agent, I think her experiences with Winston opened her eyes to the fact that there is more to life than the Party.
I agree with shelby b. in that the majority of Julia's affairs she didn't realy love. Like mistresses of rich people in the past.
They never say, that is my explanation...think about it...why do we remember nurery rhymes like jack and jill?
Sarah and Riley--What does the rhyme mean?
I was listening to the inner circle and they were talking about O'brien. I think Winston sees the same qualities in Julia that he sees in him. Could there be a link between the two?
tom-do you think she just does acts behind their backs just because she knows that they won't be able to overthrow the Party, or she doesn't want to?
I think the rats represent terrible life and that they are doing something against the Party and it isn't right for them to do it.
maria, the rhyme is just the way to remember the names of the churches
sarah-i don't, nursery rhymes are to help children in their upbringing and teach them lessons.
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