Calvin And Hobbes 1984 Analysis

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The Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, like 1984, utilizes doublethink to control thought. In 1984, Winston knows that two plus two equals four; however, O’Brien tells Winston that when the Party decides that the equation equals five, then it does. As a response, Winston remonstrates with O’Brien because, mathematically, two plus two does in fact equal four. As always, however, the Party is in control, and its leaders do as they please. Based on the fact that the Party is always right, the Party physically tortures Winston until an orthodox citizen replaces his seditious nature. This event represents doublethink: holding two contradictory ideas and accepting the idea that the Party supports even if the Party’s idea is wrong. Additionally, Calvin argues against his dad about how paintings are in color, even if they are old. In response, his dad…show more content…
Without any concrete proof, O’Brien defeats Winston because O’Brien contends that Winston made up the memories. In relation to the comic, Calvin, just like Winston, lacks concrete proof to refute his dad’s statement. He must accept his dad’s painting theory as valid and correct. Calvin’s dad and the Party create an aura of the superiors being right because they are more highly ranked. History in 1984 is constantly being rewritten by the Party, but orthodox citizens use crimestop, protective stupidity that prevents unorthodoxy, and doublethink to believe the past has always been the way it is currently portrayed. Whenever there is a shift, like the Eurasia and Eastasia war shift, the Party handles it with great aplomb. Calvin’s dad does the same as he makes up facts that change the history of color. Calvin, exhibiting doublethink, eventually gives up and accepts his dad’s statements. Both the Party in 1984 and Calvin’s father in the comic employ tactics that make lies appear true to the common person, such as doublethink and
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