Ethos Pathos Logos In 1984

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The novel, 1984, is a dystopian story of corruption and describes the dangers of a totalitarian government. The story highlights Julia and Winston’s journey to bring down the party and Big Brother. It is clear that the novel, published just four years after World War II ended, was designed to inflict fear. Orwell’s vision of the tyrannical style of government demonstrated in 1984, serves to enforce the notion that power and manipulation are treacherous. Throughout the novel, Orwell uses unique diction, and sense of fear in order to appeal to pathos and logos and represent his idea of an authoritarian society. Throughout the history of the United States, dehumanization of certain races, genders, and class has been a common issue. In 1984, Orwell often highlights the lower class, referred to as the proles, who are considered to be of so little value that the government does not feel the need to monitor them. However, through the course of the novel, “[t]he proles had stayed human [and] they had not become hardened on the inside” (165) while what is seen as the upper class, the…show more content…
The government, also known as the party, creates their own new language called Newspeak in which they eliminate many words that make up the English language. The party uses words like “doublethink”, “facecrime”, and “plusgood” and frequently generates new dictionaries. These new words aim to put in perspective the amount of control the party actually has. Along with demonstrating control, these new words also appeal to logos. In the modern day, it is often hard for nonnative speakers to learn English partly because there are so many words that mean the same thing. By eliminating synonyms from the language, it makes the speech much more simple and easier to understand, communicate, and more satisfactory. As a result, it allows the language to be spread easier which benefits the party because this makes it easier to conquer

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