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Freedom Is Slavery 1984 Essay Introduction

The Dystopian Society in George Orwell's Novel 1984 Essay

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“WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.” Part 1,Chapter 1,pg. 6. These three principles were repeatedly emphasized throughout the book and helped lay the foundation of the dystopian society George Orwell imagined in his novel 1984. Fear, manipulation, and control were all encompassed throughout this dystopian society set in the distant future. The freedom to express ones thoughts was no longer acceptable and would not be tolerated under any circumstances. Humankind was rapidly transforming into a corrupt and evil state of mind. Even though many of Orwell’s ideas in his novel 1984 seemed completely fictional, several of the concepts throughout his book have a common link to today’s society. For instance in the same way…show more content…

Another similarity between the book 1984 and our society today is the process of doublethink, which is defined as the power to accept two completely contradictory beliefs. In the novel 1984, O’brien wants Winston to believe that 2+2=5, but Winston is resistant and in his mind knows that 2+2=4. In the same way, elementary students are being taught that Christopher Columbus was a hero, but as we learn later on, there is more to the truth than what we were being told. To some extent, today’s society resembles the disturbing world of 1984. Our generation should not repeat the same mistakes as the past, but learn from them. George Orwell used quite a bit of symbolism in his novel 1984 to convey to the reader a deeper understanding of the stories context. For example, the paperweight that Winston purchases in the antique shop represents the delicate little world that Winston and Julia have created for each other. Orwell states, "The coral was Julia's life and his own, fixed in a sort of eternity in the heart of the crystal." When they were alone, it created a small world of love, comfort, and protection. Another example of symbolism is the idea of Goldstein, the enemy of Oceania, being a Jew. Orwell relates the society of 1984 to the Nazi party who were also anti-Semitic and responsible for all the bad and evil things in the country. This literary device played a key role in helping me interpret the

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George Orwell's 1984 Essay

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George Orwell's 1984

War is Peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. These are the beliefs that the citizens of Oceania, in the novel titled 1984, written by George Orwell, live by. In this novel, Oceania, one of the three remaining world super powers, is a totalitarian, a society headed by 'Big Brother' and his regime, known as the ministries of Truth, Love, and Peace. A totalitarian government is defined as a government characterized by a political authority which exercises absolute and centralized control, and in which the state regulates every realm of life. This is the type of world that the citizens of Oceania must live in, ruled by fear and under force every day. The names of the different ministries for example,…show more content…

In no public or private utterance was it ever admitted that the three powers had at any time been grouped along different lines.? Although throughout the story, the conditions of these wars were constantly changing, it made no difference to the masses, and the current ?truth? was all that mattered. ?Oceania was at war with Eurasia: therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia? (Orwell, pg 35). The truth is whatever the government wants it to be, and the people accept it at face value, a concept cleverly worded as ?reality control.? (Orwell, pg. 36) Likewise in today?s society, even though the people live under the rule of a democratic republic in the U.S., a large portion of the news that we receive is distorted and filtered, many times the truth is not what it appears to be. Being a democracy does not stop that from happening. Furthermore, like the citizens of Oceania, we as citizens often accept the information that we receive from the media as absolute truth, not questioning what we hear, even though we have the privilege of doing so. In the totalitarian society of 1984, the government alters history constantly and changes it to fit the predictions and needs of the party, so that they always come out ahead. The Party destroys any evidence that the past has been altered, and asserts absolute correctness and truth. One might argue that it would be impossible to get rid of all past evidence in today?s world, because

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