A Thematic Look at 1984

Thematic Statement

In order for a government to have complete power they must have complete repression over their citizens by taking away all their private loyalties. in their society they believe that the peoples private loyalties like sex and families will trump their loyalty to the party. that's why in the book the government made laws an regulation on sex and marriage. they even brought up all the children to be loyal to the party teaching them to believe everything that they believed.


"Chastity was as deep ingrained in them as Party loyalty. By careful early conditioning, by games and cold water, by the rubbish that was dinned into them at school and in the spies and the Youth League, by lectures, parades, songs, slogan and martial music, the natural feeling have been driven out of them." Part 1 chapter 6 paragraph 16

This quote shows repression in their society. It shows how they have brainwashed their children into believing that sex was wrong and bad. They have made there children believe that chastity or refraining from having sex was a essential to remaining loyal to the Party. Through the schools, spies and the Youth League they brought up their kids to believe that sex was wrong and made it so that they would never want to take part in it.

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"The girl with dark hair was coming towards them across the field. With what seemed a single movement show tore off her clothes and flung them disdainfully aside. Her body was while and smooth, but it aroused no desire in him, indeed he barley looked at it. What overwhelmed him in that instant was admiration for the gesture with which she had thrown her clothes aside. With its grace and carelessness it seemed to annihilate a whole culture, a whole system of thought, as though Big brother and the Party and the Thought Police could all be swept into nothingness by a single splendid movement of the arm. That too was a gesture belonging to the ancient time."

In the part of the quote where it says "but it aroused no desire in him..." it shows that having sex with her wasn't so much what he desired; he didn't really want to have sex with her as much as he wanted to rebel against the Party.

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"As soon as he touched her she seemed to wince and stiffen. To embrace he was like embracing a jointed wooden image. And what was strange was that even when she was clasping him against her her had the feeling that she was simultaneously pushing him away with all her strength. The rigidity of her muscles managed to convert that impression. She would lie there with shut eyes, neither resisting nor co-operating but submitting. It was extraordinarily embarrassing, and, after a while, horrible. But even then he could have borne living with her if it had been agreed that they should remain celibate. But curiously enough it was Katharine who refused this. They must, she said, produce a child if they could. So the performance continued to happen, once a week quite regularly, whenever it was not impossible. She even used to remind him of it in the morning, as something which had to be done that evening and which must not be forgotten. She had two names for it. One was "making a baby," and the other was "our duty to the party." - part 1 chapter 6 paragraph 13

This quote shows how Katherine was brought up and what the party's repression can do to people when they grow up with it. She was probably brought up going to school and the youth league where they instilled in her that sex was bad. And taught her that chastity was party loyalty. A example in this quote that how's her devotion to the party is how she began calling sex "our duty to the party."