George Orwell’s 1984: How Doublethink is the Most Powerful Weapon for Control Being able to believe two paradoxical statements at one time sounds impossible but it is more common than believed. It is called doublethink, which is the ability to hold two contradictory beliefs on a topic and wholeheartedly believing them both at the same time. This term was coined by George Orwell and it becomes the main tool for control over the citizens of Oceania in his novel 1984. Orwell created a totalitarian future in hopes it would serve as a warning to preceding generations as to how the government can metamorphose into having complete power over a population to the point where they even control the thought process of the human mind. Through government …show more content…
Throughout the book the slogans of “war is peace, freedom is slavery, [and] ignorance is strength” is a forced acceptance by all citizens (Orwell 16). These particular slogans, that exemplify doublethink, are plastered everywhere. The illogicalness of doublethink completely surrounds the citizens, constantly exposing them to it. The second characteristic of monopoly over mass media is quite evident in Winston 's life. Government employees run the internet, newspapers, and radio/tv announcements. The idea of a first amendment in nonexistent. In fact, any action that represents the exercise of the first amendment is a guaranteed visit from the Thought Police for thoughts that are incongruent with the Party. Lastly, the country is run by one single party called the Party. Within the party are different divisions of rank among the employees. Inner party employees are ranked the highest, then Outer Party followed by the paroles, representing the non-governmental citizens. All Oceania is overseen by a metaphorical man called Big Brother which represents the “eyes” of the government. Even though there is not actually one person deemed Big Brother, he is the “embodiment of the …show more content…
The reason doublethink is so powerful is that it causes confusion which “disrupts people’s stable mental framework” (Hassan). Without the stability, people become more prone to mind control because they lost a sense of their own reality which causes them to seek truth from a trusted authority. This is comparable to a student being confused on a math problem and going to the teacher, a trusted authority, for help. However, in the case of 1984, the government is the trusted authority. The government then feeds their “truth” that consists of doublethink to the public, in turn making them more confused because “the more one utilizes doublethink, the more one becomes insane. This insanity is the exact intention of the Party” (Tuzzeo 11). Thus the cycle of confusion and doublethink never end making each citizen completely dependent on the
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Who just like Stalin had complete control over Oceania and the citizens. “At the apex of the pyramid comes Big Brother. Big Brother is infallible and all-powerful. Every success, every achievement, every victory, every scientific discovery, all knowledge, all wisdom, all happiness, all virtue, are held to issue directly from his leadership and inspiration.”, part two, chapter nine, page one hundred seventy one. This quote explains exactly how in Oceania Big Brother is credited with every good outcome that comes from within Oceania.
Imagine your TV is always on and always watching your every move. Welcome to 1984. From now on you must be very careful what you think for you must always live in fear of committing a thought crime. Even one negative thought about Big Brother could force the Thought Police to erase you from existence or, as they say in Newspeak, to make you an unperson. This is the daily life of a citizen of George Orwell’s fictional country called Oceania.
1984, a story made truly to ridicule and bring back the essence of controlling powers once known as: Imperial Japan, Soviet Union, and Nazi Germany in hopes to show how our lives living within the United States with newly elected president, Donald Trump, has impacted our lives to be in relative connection with the novel. The novel, 1984, is closer to reality than expected due to the surprising elected President Trump showing how inexperience and much of a tyrant acting figure he is expressing through his new “power.” Although past presidencies before Trump have had some corrupted traits that are connected to what he currently does such as: lying and corruption, however no presidents before Trump has ever been as severe currently, thus showing
The fiction novel 1984 written by George Orwell is based on a place that is perceived to be a utopia but in reality it is really a dystopia. In the literature the citizens are made to seem as if they do not know what is going on in their society. Their ignorance is equivalent to them being brainwashed. In the novel there is one family named the Parsons who are blindly following Big Brother just because they do not know anything. In the story Mr. Parsons was thrown into prison because his daughter caught him talking about Big Brother which in this story is known as thoughtcrime.
Do people really follow the beliefs of a government or are they forced to follow the beliefs? How could this shape the way a government is run? Some may argue that governments always do what is best for the people. Although this may sound like the right thing to do governments do not always follow that way. In the novel 1984, by George Orwell, an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic, the psychological state of manipulation and fear are explored.
Fear and ignorance is one of the most power concepts that is represented in the book 1984. The government known as Big Brother constantly watches everyone and controls their every thought. They have the ability to put the fear of extinction into their citizens so that no one dares to act again them. But their overall advantage over its citizens is that they keep telling them that they are always at war with either Eurasia or Eastasia. The Party uses peoples ignorance and enthusiasm for war because they are always angry towards their enemies when things don’t go their way, the follow the concept that war is peace, and that the people of Oceania need war to stay in line.
In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, the overbearing government of Oceania, Big Brother, controls and monitors everything its citizens sees, hears, and believes. In order to gain absolute loyalty from its citizens, Big Brother has control over every aspect of their lives, prohibiting them from using their own minds and causing them to fully depend on Big Brother. Through the use of manipulation and fear, Big Brother and the Party are able to decide what is real and what is not real. Big Brother believes that in order to gain absolute loyalty from its citizens, it must control everything, from the spread of information to media.
The government of the 1984 have special kind of police known as the Thought police that deals with people having rebellious thought about the government. “Thought crime was not a thing that could be concealed forever” (Orwell 19). The people could not hide their thought about the party. The people could “dodge successfully for while” but “sooner or later” the thought police would get them, and they would be killed for they crime. The party have miss informed the people that “Oceania had never been in alliance with Eurasia” (Orwell 34).
Throughout 1984, Winston is forced to confront a society which rejects the central tenets of humanity and independent thought, and which presides over society through the dissemination of propaganda. Orwell’s novel explores the dangers of totalitarian government and absolute control and is a prophetic tale of power and control that must be heeded in modern times. Totalitarianism is employed to grant absolute power to the Party and ensure the deference of the
To illustrate, the book discusses how the government utilizes mind control methods such as providing an alternative definition to words. “All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory. ‘Reality control,’ they called it: in Newspeak, ‘doublethink’” (18). Providing an alternative meaning of words can misconstrue them in the favor of Big Brother. Likewise, the United States has emulated “doublethink” when it presents itself as convenient.
The two control methods are related as they contribute to one purpose the totalitarian control over the people of Oceania. The people are physiologically manipulated as discussed by the mental control measures, and physically forced into loving Big Brother. This is one of the methods the government uses to control people’s minds, by placing fear into them. The fear in 1984 limits the people into even thinking of challenging the government.
Could a world where a God of power is worshiped-and men are malleable through fear, hatred, and cruelty ever exist? In order to comprehend the world of George Orwell’s 1984, one must be able to grasp the significance behind the idea of doublethink, in the structure of society in Oceania and our own. The Newspeak(a new “politically correct” language that focuses on limiting vocabulary and erasing independent thought.) word doublethink focuses on believing two contradicting ideas to both be true.
In George Orwell’s 1984, the Party floods Winston’s world with contradictions in order to control the thoughts and emotions of the people of Oceania. In doing so, the Party fulfills its urge to keep power over the people in order to get rid of all chance for a rebellion. The main thought process that the Party uses to get this goal is Doublethink. Orwell’s describes Doublethink as “the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them” (Orwell 214). In 1984, Doublethink is the normal way of thought, and as a result everyone gets it and uses it.