The Destruction Of Language In George Orwell's 1984

1121 Words5 Pages
What if one were to tell state that two plus two equals five or that war is peace? One would probably say that the speaker is wrong or completely crazy. This is the case in the world of George Orwell’s novel, 1984, here these statements are the complete truth. In 1984, Orwell presents his readers with a dystopian world that is under the tyrannical control of Big Brother and the Inner Party. The Party brainwashes the citizens of this society by completely changing the history of the world to show themselves as the greatest thing in the world. The Party even goes as far as creating its own language, Newspeak, which is just a simpler version of the English language. The monitoring of citizens is nonstop through the use of the telescreens, television-like devices that watch your every move, and the Thought Police. The citizens must also be extremely cautious of what they say and even think because any negative statement, action, or thought concerning the Party or Big Brother will result in vaporization by the Thought Police if caught. The public is under constant reminder to “stay in line” due to the posters all over town reading “Big Brother is Watching You.” The destruction of language and the past are tools to whose use manipulates people into believing anything because it lowers the range of…show more content…
The society in George Orwell’s 1984 serves as a grave reminder of what happens when such destruction occurs. The people are unable to think for themselves, have no idea what is actually going on, and will believe anything the government tells them. One must always be aware of what is happening and not succumb to government nonsense, if not, then perhaps, one day, all of humanity will say that two plus two equals

More about The Destruction Of Language In George Orwell's 1984

Open Document