1984
George Orwell

by

Karim Chandra

Book 1 Chapter 6-8
Summary

Winston remembers Katharine, his wife from whom he separated but never divorced as per the party rules. Winston depicts how the Party functions ceaselessly to remove all joy from sexual acts, considering pleasure an adversary. An advisory group must affirm marriage, and to obtain such endorsement, the man and lady in question must not exhibit any obvious physical attraction for each other. The objective of a marriage is to create children, not to look for particular delight or fulfillment. Certain Party associations, including the Junior Anti-Sex League, advocate chastity and reproduction through artificial insemination, and even propose that children ought to be brought up by public organizations as opposed to by guardians.

In the mid-sixties, amidst one of the great purges aimed at expelling the first Revolutionary Pioneers, three men named Jones, Aaronson, and Rutherford were captured. Through the use of force and torture they admitted to a wide spectrum of wrongdoings. They were then discharged and came back to posts inside the Party. Winston once observed them at the Chestnut Tree Cafe, and their spirits appeared to be altogether broken. While he watched them, a song came upon the telescreen:  "Under the spreading chestnut tree, I sold you, and you sold me..." Shortly later, the three were rearrested and accused of another series of wrongdoings. One day at work, five years later, Winston came across an article that indicated that the men had confessed to committing a wide range of crimes.

Analysis

Through Winston's painful memory of his involvement with a mature prole prostitute, we start to comprehend the depth of the Party's want to impose sexual restraint. The memory torments Winston. Since he was so much in need of an intimate sexual experience, he proceeded with the woman even though he was fully aware that the lady was toothless and old. The Party stifles every single sexual act with a sinister end goal, to constraining Party members in order to channel the greater part of their strength into facilitating its own objectives and agendas. The Party must give its approval to all sexual unions, and such associations must not stem from any sort of mutual sexual attraction between the couple. Sex is still seen as a necessity when it comes to reproduction, yet through organizations such as, the Junior Anti-Sex League, the Party transforms sex into an obligation performed simply to advance the Party and spread mankind instead of a pleasurable act.

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