In Oceania, loyalty is the foundation of everything. For anybody to hold a position, loyalty is the yardstick. The party desires all of its citizens to demonstrate a level of loyalty that is beyond reproach. In the eyes of the party, this means accepting orders and demands without asking questions or hesitation. Winston accepts to do everything that the party requires without any element of reluctance, indeed it is also noteworthy that Winston even swears loyalty to the Brotherhood without asking questions. However, unlike other people, Winston has split loyalties in the sense that he is also loyal to Julia, promising not to separate from her. That goes against the principles of the party, which require individuals to be loyal only to the party, Big Brother and Oceania. Thus, when Winston pledges his loyalty to Julia, it appears as an insult against the party and Oceania as a whole.