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Brown1 Claire Brown Dr. Husemann Rhetoric and Composition II 12/17/20 Julia's Impact on Winston Julia may have influenced Winston's character, but was it beneficial for him in the long run? Before Julia, Winston didn't communicate his emotions, for fear he might be caught by the Party. Though he was against the Party, Winston was silent and mostly did what he was instructed to do; if he did break the most insignificant rule, he immediately felt a sense of guilt. Julia was eventually the reason Winston began speaking out towards the Party. Winston became not only more audacious, but also felt free to speak his mind concerning his thoughts and emotions. While before Winston's personality was timid and cowardly, after he met Julia, he became more comfortable taking risks and expressed an enthusiasm that wasn't there prior to their relationship. The first few chapters show Winston as timid and narrow-minded. The book begins with Winston hiding behind the telescreen: "Winston turned his back to the telescreen. It was safer; though, as he knew, even a back could be revealing."(Orwell 3) Hiding from the telescreen helped Winston cope with his fear of being caught and punished for Thought Crime. Though Winston has extreme animosity toward the Party, he remains quiet and continues to follow the Party's rules. For instance, during the Two Minutes Hate, he felt it was necessary to chant for Big Brother even though he was against the Party: "In the Two Minutes Hate he could not help sharing this subhuman chanting of "B-B!...B-B!" always filled him with horror. Of course he

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