Propaganda In 1984

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In the book 1984 by George Orwell, the Party uses propaganda as its deadliest weapon of control. The propaganda increases the citizen's confidence in the party and makes them think that what the Party tells them is always true and right. Even if they know better, they are forced to conform to the Party's view of daily things and tasks. There are two types of propaganda that are used throughout the book. One of them changes the truth, by misleading slogans, and the other creates fear in the people, which is the Big Brother posters. Misleading slogans can be seen throughout 1984. The Party's slogan, "War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength," is a good example of this (Orwell 4). The idea of the slogan is to convince the citizens…show more content…
A picture of a man, Big Brother, with eyes always following you is everywhere. Big Brother is always watching which gives complete control over the people. This includes another core slogan by the party, "Big Brother is watching you" (Orwell 1). By having the posters hung up everywhere with the eyes following the citizens every move creates the fear of no privacy and of being scrutinized of a wrong move or thought. They are constantly under the Party and the governments thumb who watches their every single move. Even the word "Big" connotes the people's relative smallness to Big Brother. However, at the same time, Big Brothers presence and power is being used as a symbol of protections and safety. His constant presence gives a feeling that they are never alone. The Party wants the people to think that they are safe with the posters but in reality, they only use the posters as a image of control. In addition, the Party wants to remind the citizens that without them and Big Brother, they would not be where they are in 1984. They would be stuck back in time. Without them, there's no life as the people know it. Propaganda is used as a source of fear and control by the Party over the citizens of Oceania. The party misleads its people into believing warped ideas. The slogans and Big Brother are constantly forced into the daily lives of the people. They are always reminded that the Party is always right and they they are not alone,
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