1984 Dystopian Language

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Dystopia means an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one. George Orwell uses language to convey a Dystopian World. Newspeak is the official language of Oceania. It is engineered to remove any possibility of rebellious thoughts. Many words are eliminated to gain more control over the people. For example, the only way to express the meaning of “bad” is through the word “ungood.” Something extremely bad is called “double plus ungood.” The word free still existed in Newspeak, but it could only be used in statements, as ‘this dog is free from lice.’ It could not be used in its old sense of ‘politically free’ or ‘intellectually free’ since political and …show more content…

In 1984, this society were brainwashed and intimidated into believing all the propaganda that the Party promotes. There were 3 slogans of the Party that are illogical and contradictory. Each of the slogans have double meanings and the people accepted both ideas as correct. The slogans are: War is Peace/ Freedom is Slavery and Ignorance is Strength. Take War is Peace for instance. Oceania is never-endingly experiencing a war circumstance, and individuals are carrying on like peace is all over the place. War illicits patriotism and devotion to country, it promotes sacrifice and concern of community. So if there is constant war, the people continue to sacrifice and devote themselves to the government and community. This cycle guarantee the continuation of control over individuals. People combine forces to concentrate on a common enemy and less on how miserable they are with their own lives. Example: “Suddenly the whole street was in commotion. There were yells of warning from all sides. People were shooting into the doorways like rabbits. A young woman leapt out of a doorway a little ahead of Winston, grabbed up a tiny child playing in a puddle, whipped her apron round it, and leapt back again, all in one movement. At the same instant a man in a concertina-like black suit, who had emerged from a side alley, ran towards Winston, pointing excitedly to the sky. Steamer!” he yelled. “Look out, guv’nor! Bang over’ead! Lay quick!” “Steamer!” was a nickname which, for some reason, the proles applied to rocket bombs. (1.8.7-9)”. Ex: “a nation of warriors and fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans, perpetually working, fighting, triumphing, persecuting-three hundred million people all with the same face.” Part 1, Chapter 7.

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