Examples Of Manipulation In 1984 By George Orwell

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In 1949, an author by the name of George Orwell decided to put the tragedies that were happening in real life onto paper to create a frightening story that would haunt several generations. In the thrilling dystopian novel 1984, tells of a story of a new world that is filled with manipulation, fear, control, and a brainwashed public. This world depicts a government who is everywhere, sees everything, and controls every aspect of every person's life. Not only is the government controlling the public, but they are also in the media. Mainly the news being the source of manipulation, many stories get rewritten and several words get cut out of the news every day. This acts as a way to dumb down the citizens and to destroy the once complex …show more content…

After Winston is done with rewriting the stories, he has to get rid of the old one. He does this by following a simple process, “ ...he clipped his speak written corrections to the appropriate copy of the Times and pushed them into the pneumatic tube. Then, with a movement which was as nearly as possible unconscious, he crumpled up the original message and any notes that he himself had made, and dropped them into the memory hole to be devoured by the flames.” ( Orwell 39). This shows what happens after the corrections to a story is made. The truth is taken out and is gotten rid of as soon as possible. Its as if the event never happened in the first place.This also happens with other works of literature such as books, and even older newspapers. “ A number of The Times which might, because of changes in political alignment, or mistaken prophecies uttered by Big Brother, have been rewritten a dozen times still stood on the files bearing its original date, and no other copy existed to contradict it. Books, also, were recalled and rewritten again and again, and were invariably reissued without any admission that any alteration had been made. Even the written instructions which Winston received, and which he invariably got rid of as soon as he had dealt with them, never stated or implied …show more content…

Newspeak is slowly creeping its way into the public, and will soon extinguish any word that could transform into a thoughtcrime. Newspeak is quite simple in the scheme of things, its goals are to obliterate any sort of negative thoughts towards the government. “ Newspeak is engineered to remove even the possibility of rebellious thoughts—the words by which such thoughts might be articulated have been eliminated from the language. Newspeak contains no negative terms.” ( sparknotes). This example explains the goals of Newspeak as a whole. Even in the future of the party the slogans and news will change to where only a few words will be needed to explain anything. This next quote goes in deeper about how old speak will in longer exist in the future. “"By 2050, earlier, probably – all real knowledge of Oldspeak will have disappeared. The whole literature of the past will have been destroyed. Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Byron – they'll exist only in Newspeak versions, not merely changed into something different, but actually changed into something contradictory of what they used to be. Even the literature of the Party will change. Even the slogans will change. How could you have a slogan like ‘freedom is slavery’ when the concept of freedom has been abolished? The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact there will be no thought, as we understand it now.

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