"1984" by George Orwell.

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Winston is considered by many to be a fatalist. He is depressed and searching for emotion in a mundane life. One day there is an interruption to the monotony. He gets a note from the brown haired girl who works with him in the fiction department of the Ministry of Truth. The note reads "I love you". Julia, the brown haired girl is demonstrating my point that love does not exist in the form we know it within the 1984 society. Julia can not distinguish love from lust, she has never spoken to Winston, she simply wants to have sex with him because he seems rebellious.

Julia and Winston begin an affair. Winston is intrigued by her because she is a direct foil to Katherine. Sparknotes.com points out "In Chapter 3 [Julia] produces some of the most astute analysis of the Party in the novel, explaining to Winston that the party uses sexual repression to control the populace.

As she understands it, preventing sexuality causes hysteria, which the Party favors because it fuels "war fever" and "leader worship." On a certain level, Winston appreciates Julia's understanding of sexuality, and is even thrilled that she has had so many affairs with so many Party members. When sex becomes an act of political rebellion, as it is in Winston's world, sexual jealousy no longer has a place; Winston is glad Julia has experience with many men because it indicates widespread hatred of the Party and rebellion, similar to his own."

The description of Winston as a fatalist is one I can only partially agree ith. Winston does pursue Julia for love, but not for love of her but love of the ideals she represents. Winston has spent his life searching for something to love because he can not find love in...