1984

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The Red-Armed Prole Woman Symbol Analysis

The Red-Armed Prole Woman Symbol Icon
The prole woman symbolizes fertility and reproductive capacity, and represents the strong and vital lower classes. She is compared to an animal (a mare), a fruit (a rose-hip), and an overripe turnip. Winston feels a "mystical reverence" toward her. Just before the lovers are arrested, the sight of her hanging laundry in the courtyard convinces Winston that the proles are "immortal" and will someday awaken and rebel against and overthrow the Party.
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The Red-Armed Prole Woman Symbol Timeline in 1984

The timeline below shows where the symbol The Red-Armed Prole Woman appears in 1984. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 2, Chapter 4
Totalitarianism and Communism Theme Icon
The Individual vs. Collective Identity Theme Icon
Sex, Love, and Loyalty Theme Icon
Class Struggle Theme Icon
...Police. As he impatiently waits for Julia to arrive the first time, Winston watches a red-armed prole woman singing and hanging laundry in the courtyard below. Winston knows they are taking a terrible... (full context)
The Individual vs. Collective Identity Theme Icon
Sex, Love, and Loyalty Theme Icon
Class Struggle Theme Icon
...milk, sugar, and jam that she's bought on the black market. They listen to the prole woman singing a popular song, and Winston realizes he has never heard a member of the... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 9
Sex, Love, and Loyalty Theme Icon
Class Struggle Theme Icon
...interest in reading it herself. Instead, she throws herself into Winston's arms, while, outside, the red-armed prole woman sings in the courtyard. (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 10
The Individual vs. Collective Identity Theme Icon
Class Struggle Theme Icon
Winston wakes to the singing of the prole woman in the courtyard. He and Julia watch her and Winston is fascinated by her vitality... (full context)