Stereotyped Women in George Orwell's 1984

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Orwell only succeeds in creating stereotyped representations of women in his novel ‘1984’. Discuss. In George Orwell’s ‘1984’ he patronises the women he creates as we see an insight into the weaker sex who are often degraded with humiliating names and vulnerability. Orwell stereotypes the female characters, which reflects his somewhat limited view of women and their important role ion society. He creates a problem in the way that masculinity and femininity lose all value in the totalitarian state. As the misogynist Orwell is, it is not surprising he has portrayed women in such silent, sad and solitary ways. The main character, Julia is revealed as weak, and incapable of helping her self up as ‘she held out a free hand’ toward Winston…show more content…
The washer woman is an insignificant character in the plot of nineteen eighty four, although ironically a ‘small’ character, disregarding her body size, she represents the whole of the proletarian world. This minute view from Orwell of the paroles is typical of the conceited analysis of women Orwell gives. The ‘washer woman’ is of course an orthodox housewife depicted by the ‘apron around her waist’ and the fact that she has ‘many grandchildren’ shows that in Orwell’s eyes she is the women the world should look up to. Orwell is held responsible for this ‘ugly’ form of satire which completely demoralises women to mean nothing in society. Orwell is characterized through the eyes of Winston when he realises her as ‘beautiful’. It shows his distaste for the Promiscuousness of Julia and strengthens the misogynistic scrutiny of the female sex. The Proletarian woman is a symbol of fertility which makes Winston ponders over how his lover, Julia will never bare children and so defying the Party which Winston loves the fact that Julia has no capacity to complete her ‘duty’ as she is ‘corrupt to the bone’ and has the desire to tear the party to pieces. We wonder about her real personality whether she is so ‘corrupt’ to change her whole nature to manipulate men. She could be the link that captures the depths of Winston’s mind to rebel against the party. Unknown to Orwell, Julia

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