Explore How Shakespeare and Orwell Present Forbidden Love and Rebellion.

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Explore how Shakespeare and Orwell present forbidden love in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘1984’.
Introduction
What is love? What are the main similarities and differences between the presentation of forbidden love in 1984 and Romeo and Juliet? Relate briefly to the contexts of both texts.
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Why does Romeo love Juliet? Why does Winston love Julia?
Look at how Romeo is attracted to Juliet for being beautiful and compare it to how Winston loves Julia for her lack of purity. Explore this idea.
You could use the quotes:
‘The brightness of cheek would shame those stars’ – Romeo about Juliet, page 53, Romeo and Juliet
“Listen. The more men you’ve had, the more I love you. Do you understand?”
“Yes, perfectly.”
“I hate purity, I hate
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You could examine whether Winston and Julia’s love is simply a rebellion against BB – is this what creates their love? Is it love at all?
You could use the quote:
‘You are only a rebel from the waist down’ - part 2 chapter 7
‘I prefer a positive to a negative. In this game we are playing we can’t win.’ – part 2 chapter 3
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Why is foreshadowing, and a sense of the inevitable downfall, an important aspect of the forbidden love between the characters?
Foreshadowing :
In Act 3 Scene 5 Romeo says ‘Adieu’ Adieu’, which means goodbye in Italian – this turns out to be a reality.
1984, Winston says ‘we are the dead’. – part 2 chapter 3
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Dramatic irony versus no dramatic Irony – we know from the Prologue that Romeo and Juliet are going to die, however, we are not aware that there is a camera watching Winston and Julia. What is the effect on the reader?
Act 3 Scene 5:
With Romeo, till I behold him – dead –
Is my poor heart, so for a kinsman vexed.
Perhaps compare this to shock of BB finding out about Julia and Winston – didn’t know there was a camera in room even though it was inevitable that they would get caught
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Is the love between Romeo and Juliet stronger because they are prepared to die for it? Does the fact that Winston knows that he could not kill himself for Julia mean that his love is not as strong as Romeo’s or that the force against them is stronger?
Suicide drastic and goes against religion, it means that you won’t
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