Theme Of Propaganda In 1984

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George Orwell’s famous novel, 1984, shows the consequences of totalitarian governments, and explores the ideas of a nation driven by propaganda. This novel takes place in Air Strip One, (also known as Great Britain). The Airstrip’s name is Oceania, which is a large country under constant government survelliance, never-ending war, and public manipulation. The characters in the novel display the spark of not only love, but partnership, in rebellion to their society. This novel presents a proposal of how totalitarian governments fail their people by brainwashing them with propaganda and public manipulation to gain control of their support. “Oceania was not what would but what could happen if intellectuals of all colors continued to be contaminated…show more content…
This was to prevent thought-crime, which would be punishable by death. “The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-veiw and mental habits proper to the devotees of Ingsoc, but to make all other modes of thought impossible.”(George Orwell). The only way to properly describe the narcissism of the party is to explain everything they had control over. Newspeak is just one out of the many ways the party brainwashed its members into loyalty. “Newspeak is designed to make it impossible to express any unorthodox thought. For example, one could attempt to attack the government by saying “the party is ungood”; because the language of Newspeak, there would be no words to explain or back this statement and it would be comprehended as illogical, similar to describing winter as hot.”(www.bookrags.com/notes/1984). The party wanted to change everything you knew to their standard of knowledge. It was illegal for Winston to even keep a journal, which he hid behind a loose brick in the wall of his…show more content…
He longed for freedom and humanity. Oceania had an inhumane society where the members of the party enjoyed watching public hangings and accepted their crucial living conditions. The party was able to successfully control all aspects of life. Sex was to be only for reproduction of children for the party, and members were not allowed to marry anyone they felt physically attracted to. “Sexual intercourse was to be looked on as a slightly disgusting minor operation, like having an enema.”(George Orwell, 1984). Julia rebelled against the party by having sex freely with members from the inner and outer circle. Though she wore a sash of the Junior Anti-Sex League, it was all just a fake so she wouldn’t be arrested. The Junior Anti-sex League was a gateway for the party to smash the roots of human nature, their physical and emotional connections with one another. Winston rebelled in more ways than one, but he most suspiciously took long walks in the neighborhoods of the Proles and deeply contemplated their role in society. The Proles were considered the dirty working class people of Oceania, but there was something they had that Winston found valuable. “If there is hope, it lies in the Proles.”(George Orwell, 1984). He watched them and wanted what they had, for they had love. They had freedom. They were looked at in society as unintelligent individuals, which meant the party paid them no attention, giving them the
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