The Destruction Of Language In 1984, By George Orwell

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What if the destruction of language and the past can be used as tools to manipulate the minds of people? In the novel 1984, by George Orwell, this is exactly what is happening. Winston, who works in the ministry of truth in Oceania erases the past by rewriting it. It is a scary world in Oceania when even a movement on your face is enough to be vaporized. Winston must control his thoughts in order to stay alive. When we are not paying close enough attention, we can become slaves to our environment. Through all of our media sources and various propaganda techniques, it is not hard to get sucked into a new mindset that is completely out of your control. In George Orwell 's novel, 1984, and several other sources, the power that the destruction of language and the past has is shown very clearly.…show more content…
In an essay written by Donna Woolfolk Cross, propaganda is defined as a means of persuasion. According to Cross’s essay, “propaganda pervades our daily lives, helping to shape our attitudes on a thousand subjects” (“Propaganda: How Not to Be Bamboozled”page 209). Often time propaganda is used in almost every aspect of our lives. There are several types of propaganda that Donna Cross identifies, such as name calling, glittering generalities, argumentum ad hominem, faulty cause and effect, and the bandwagon. If one look close enough they can see how much these propaganda techniques have control over our lives. As Donna Cross says, “If we are to be led, let us not be led blindly, but critically, intelligently, with our eyes open” (“Propaganda: How Not to Be Bamboozled” page
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