Examples Of Doublethink In George Orwell's 1984

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Could a world where a God of power is worshiped-and men are malleable through fear, hatred, and cruelty ever exist? In order to comprehend the world of George Orwell’s 1984, one must be able to grasp the significance behind the idea of doublethink, in the structure of society in Oceania and our own. The Newspeak(a new “politically correct” language that focuses on limiting vocabulary and erasing independent thought.) word doublethink focuses on believing two contradicting ideas to both be true. As Orwell defines it, doublethink is “ to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them,”(Orwell p.176). Conclusively, doublethink is a cognitive technique that allows the user to bypass their conscience by conscious deception and allows them to continue with the justification of honesty. To …show more content…

However, the beauty of doublethink transcends just its psychological uses in mind control and economical uses in expressing falsified data to control people in 1984 and delves into the realm of metaphysics and philosophy. Orwell's references a great deal of other philosophies including Solipsism, Idealism, Eternalism, Presentism and The Brain in a Jar. While each has its own uses, Presentism and Eternalism are key to the existence 1984. Presentism argues that the past and the future are imagined concepts, while only the present is real. Whereas, Eternalism (the exact opposite of presentism)states that all time exists simultaneously(or is multilayered), but the measurement is determined by the observer. I cannot think of a better example than this, since each theory is completely true of 1984. For nothing exist except the present, yet the opposite is also true in that it can only be determined by the observer and in Oceania there is only one observer the

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