Manipulation In 1984 By George Orwell

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George Orwell’s novel 1984 shows the transformation of a man under the careful, overwhelming pressure of a totalitarian government system. Whilst Winston falls under the intense torture O’Brien imposes on him, his abuser uses a method of psychological manipulation to “make him one of ourselves” (255). The Party’s ideal ‘rehabilitation’ of these thought criminals involves “convert[ing] him, we capture his inner mind, we reshape him. We burn all evil and all illusion out of him” (255) all in the hopes of “bring[ing] him over to our side, not in appearance, but genuinely, heart and soul” (255). Repetition of the pronoun ‘we’ through anaphora, drills the idea of The Party’s total control and ownership over Winston’s body and mind, removing the …show more content…

Synecdoche simplifies the victim’s–merciful(compared to The Party’s methods)–death as a ‘bullet’, The Party instead choosing to “burn all evil and all illusion” (255) out of their victims. By transforming their populus with careful and detailed procedures including, “captur[ing] his inner mind” (255) and reshaping him to fit The Party’s ideal loyalist to the country, the government creates a perfect version of themselves, “We make him one of ourselves before we kill him” (255). Flaws seen in other totalitarian shows The Party can only have complete control over a human being when their death occurs only after a human's complete release of power over to the government, “We do not destroy the heretic because he resists us: so long as he resists us we never destroy him” (255). Chiasmus emphasizes the inevitable consequences of retaliating against The Party and the never ending, promised torture until there remains no will to fight

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