1984 Human Nature Essay

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1984’s Pessimistic View on Human Nature Samuel Welling Ms. Kirkpatrick ENG2D-07 11/26/2014 Throughout the book, the party describes to a large extent about how human nature can be seen with a negative perspective. The book 1984 gives a pessimistic view toward human nature and says how it should be eradicated. Evidence that supports the books pessimistic view is one of the parties most important slogans, “War is Peace, Ignorance is Strength, and Freedom is Slavery.” In 1984, the party’s slogan “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength” is used throughout the book each has a double meaning-one for the Party and one for the people. The first of the three is “War is Peace.” In the society of 1984, the Party has the masses believe that there is a constant war being waged in order to maintain peace. When there is war, there is patriotism and devotion to whatever country someone is a part of. It causes people to contribute to their country by thinking of the community first and sacrifice one’s self to the war effort. So, if there is always a war going on, people are continually giving to their country, joining the war effort, and devoting …show more content…

If we take a look at what Winston’s does in the Party, his job is to keep the people ignorant about true facts and statistics in order to keep everyone happy. This allows the party to keep everyone ignorant about everything and make them always feel strong in the progress. If the people were to find out the true facts and their manipulation, they would rebel against the Party. So, the people’s ignorance is the Party’s strength. Through the use of War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, and Ignorance is Strength, the Party is able to distort people’s human nature and keep themselves in

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