1984 Propaganda Analysis

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Propaganda; information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view. Propaganda is a very manipulative method of controlling the audience's attitudes. In the novel 1984, by George Orwell, Winston Smith is a member of the outer party in the nation of Oceania. Winston, along with all the other citizens of Oceania, are constantly being watched by the Party through telescreens. Oceania is ruled by an omniscient leader only known as Big Brother, a powerful faceless figure who is feared by all of Oceania. The Party controls everything and even erases and rewrites history to make the people of Oceania only know what they want them to know. The manipulative Party used many…show more content…
During Two Minutes Hate, there is a huge screen displaying pictures of Goldstein that the members scream at and express their hatred for him. The worst part of Two Minutes Hate was that no one was obligated to actually take part in it, but it was almost impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds “a desire to kill, to torture, to smash” (16) overwhelmed and flowed through the entire group of people. Orwell explained that the rage that Winston and the people felt was an abstract, undirected emotion. Big brother used the propaganda of Two Minutes Hate to make the people of Oceania believe that it was wrong to go against Big Brother and they should hate anyone who does. Using this form of propaganda, Big Brother can easily control the attitude of the people of Oceania and use the anger they produced to make it seem like Big Brother is the good guy. Parallelism is used effectively by George Orwell to show the importance of how the people felt. It was used to show the organized ideas and just how memorable they were to the people of Oceania. Big Brother was able to make the society feel a certain way so that they would see Big Brother the way Big Brother wanted to be seen.
Propaganda is very effective and in the wrong hands can have catastrophic results. Even
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