A Not So Quiet Life

The room that Winston rents out above Mr. Charrington’s shop is a small place, but is host to more than enough events in the story. It originally is used as an easy place for Julia and Winston to meet up, but escalates into much more. “So long as they were actually in this room, they both felt, no harm could come to them” (152). Both of them initially think that the little room, which Winston regrets renting out in the beginning, is a safe haven that will protect them from anything. They are both wrong.

Throughout hate-week, Winston and Julia slowly come to terms with the fact that they will eventually be caught by the Party. Winston finds solace in O’Brien, because he appears to be against the party.  O’Brien appeals to Winston with his talk about the resistance, not knowing that he plays right into his hands. It only becomes clear when it is too late and the police bust into the room. Their so called “safe haven” was a lie all along as there was a hidden telescreen behind the picture of St. Clement’s Church. The room does not protect them in the slightest.

“You will work for a while, you will be caught, you will confess, and then you will die…”(177). The quote has a lot of foreshadowing, as Winston and Julia both know that this will eventually happen to them. However they also both believe they will still love each other even after the party is done with them. The party is a force that should not be taken lightly.I wouldn’t say that they were too arrogant, as they both knew they would meet their end sooner or later, but they were both a bit optimistic about their love surviving the torture they would most likely receive.

One thought on “A Not So Quiet Life

  1. This is an excellent start (I love that you’ve focused on the room that Winston rents!) but is only ~300 words … in future blogs, continue to flesh out your ideas more fully.

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