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Part Two, Chapter Five

Syme has disappeared, likely at the hands of the Thought Police, and soon, he is forgotten entirely. Hate Week is underway, and everywhere is bustling with activity. The "Hate Song" is bellowed by the people, and pictures of the Eurasian soldier enemy are plastered all over the city. There are angry demonstrations, some burning Emmanuel Goldstein in effigy and others looting several shops. Several bombs fall, killing many proles. Despite the commotion of the time, Winston and Julia appear lost in each other's company in Mr. Charrington's room.

The relationship has done well for Winston, who is in much better health. He converses slightly with Mr. Charrington on his visits, learning more nursery rhymes and stories about the various knick-knacks sold in the store. Yet, Julia and Winston know their relationship is short-lived, and they are doomed to be found. They talk about the possibility of committing suicide together, or even getting married and living in hiding among the proles, but they both know that none of this can happen. They even talk about actively joining the rebellion against the Party, but Julia does not believe that there is a widespread secret organization dedicated to the cause. Julia believes the Party is invincible, that secretly everyone hates the Party but that it will always exist. Party propaganda is everywhere, and according to her, the Party, and not the Enemy, is probably dropping the bombs on the proles, to keep them in fear!

Nonetheless, Winston is disturbed that Julia believes the Party discovered airplanes, since their actual discovery had pre-dated the Party. Even when Winston convinces her of their original discovery, Julia is nonchalant, saying, "Who cares?" Even when he tries to explain to her about all the falsification he commits on behalf of the Party, which wipes away any trance of their real history, she is unperturbed. Who cares about the future, the next generation, the legacy they leave? Julia says she only cares of them, right now. Winston is saddened, calling her a rebel only from the waist down, since she rebels against the Party's stance on sexuality but not against any of the more important limitations it places on the people. Winston sees in Julia how easy it is to be submissive to the Party, since she does not really understand the full scope of what the Party is doing.

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Historical Context
Main Characters
Points to Ponder
Did You Know
Plot Summary
Part One, Chapter One
Part One, Chapter Two
Part One, Chapter Three
Part One, Chapter Four
Part One, Chapter Five
Part One, Chapter Six
Part One, Chapter Seven
Part One, Chapter Eight
Part Two, Chapter One
Part Two, Chapter Two
Part Two, Chapter Three
Part Two, Chapter Four
Part Two, Chapter Five
Part Two, Chapter Six
Part Two, Chapter Seven
Part Two, Chapter Eight
Part Two, Chapter Nine
Part Two, Chapter Ten
Part Three, Chapter One
Part Three, Chapter Two
Part Three, Chapter Three
Part Three, Chapter Four
Part Three, Chapter Five
Part Three, Chapter Six


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