Doublethink Essays

  • Conformity In Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron

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    Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron is a short story published in 1961 that I would describe as having the theme of futuristic-science-fiction. The short is set in the year 2081 where in the United States new amendments to the constitution has equalized all humans. Although, the author does not mention how this dystopia came to be and if the rest of the world has equalized all human beings, it is clear to me that in this dystopia, equality is an illusion, equality is not real. As I read this short

  • Doublethink Analysis

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    belongs to the English Socialist Party,"INGSOC", of Oceania. Their goal is to achieve total dominance over the people and most importantly over their intellect. "Doublethink" is a manipulative method used by the Party. The act of Doublethink is to simultaneously accept two reciprocally contradictory beliefs as correct. Some examples of doublethink are "War is peace" and "Freedom is slavery". Even though they are contradictory by their definition, they are both admitted as correct by the citizens of Oceania

  • Political Conflict In The Crucible

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    Abstract: This article presents the impacts of political conflicts on The Crucible in common and literature in general by revealing universality of human sufferings at the hands of the political regimes. Allegedly, the so called communist writers have been considered as mere puppets fulfilling the foreign agendas, by the ‘House of Representatives’ Committee on Un American Activities’, in the USA during the Cold War. Retaliation from the writer’s side is seen allegorically as in the form of The Crucible

  • The Great Gatsby Idealism Analysis

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    Imagine living in a perfect world. Nothing in this world can go wrong, nothing can do you harm, and nothing is out of reach. This is the world of an idealist- a person who forms or pursues ideals unrealistically. Although this philosophy would hold its believer in a constant daze of false happiness, when reality hits, it could be devastating. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, main character Jay Gatsby is blinded by the fantasy of transforming himself into a famous figure of wealth

  • Doublethink In 1984

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    In Newspeak, Orwell invents a language that will make rebellion impossible, because the words to conceive of such an action cease to exist. doublethink in the novel represents the ability to maintain two contradictory ideas in one’s head simultaneously and believe them both to be true. Emmanuel Goldstein’s manifesto even suggests that doublethink is strongest among the powerful Inner Party members who convince themselves that they act for Big Brother, even though they know that Big Brother

  • 1984 Doublethink Analysis

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    George Orwell’s 1984: How Doublethink is the Most Powerful Weapon for Control Being able to believe two paradoxical statements at one time sounds impossible but it is more common than believed. It is called doublethink, which is the ability to hold two contradictory beliefs on a topic and wholeheartedly believing them both at the same time. This term was coined by George Orwell and it becomes the main tool for control over the citizens of Oceania in his novel 1984. Orwell created a totalitarian future

  • Doublethink In George Orwell's 1984

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    Newspeak consists of euphemisms and doublethink, and such slogans using doublethink include “WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH” (Orwell 4). George Orwell includes doublethink to display how the government of Oceania fools its citizens. The U.S. parallels Oceania in the fact that it deceives its own citizens by calling itself a democracy, even

  • Doublethink In George Orwell's 1984 And The Modern American Society

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    uses different methods to control their citizens and strengthen their own power. By comparing with the modern American society, we can see similarities. This essay will contrast the two societies within the subjects of doublethink, surveillance and the governing of the people. Doublethink is a method and an act that is being used by the party and the American government to make the citizens simultaneously accept two contradictory beliefs as correct at the same time. Surveillance is used as the eye over

  • The Totalitarian Society In 1984 And George Orwell's 1984

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    George Orwell 's classic novel, 1984, portrays a look into the future. Set in Oceania (supposedly Britain), it emcompasses the life of an outlying civilian, Winston Smith, who stood against the dictatorial society that he lived in, dodging the many obstacles that piled before him. Despite the fact that Orwell’s 1984 was published in 1949 and centers around a tyrannical future controlled by a totalitarian regime, both the strict authoritarian society ruled by the omnipresent Big Brother and today’s

  • George Orwell's '1984': An Analysis

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    society in multiple ways and seize the freedom from their victims to take advantage of them. In order for the party to reach their political goals they take advantage of the power they gain from society, like brainwashing them with two minutes’ or doublethink. The use of hate can also have some vast advantage since the party watches everyone and makes sure they stay on board with them so that main support of the party will not

  • Calvin And Hobbes 1984 Analysis

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    The Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, like 1984, utilizes doublethink to control thought. In 1984, Winston knows that two plus two equals four; however, O’Brien tells Winston that when the Party decides that the equation equals five, then it does. As a response, Winston remonstrates with O’Brien because, mathematically, two plus two does in fact equal four. As always, however, the Party is in control, and its leaders do as they please. Based on the fact that the Party is always right, the Party physically

  • Totalitarianism In George Orwell's '1984'

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    Their slogan, “WAR IS PEACE / FREEDOM IS SLAVERY / IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH" (Orwell 6), is in itself three paradoxes that go unquestioned due to the principles of doublethink. In reading this, we as readers see the blatant falseness in these statements. However, through the psychological manipulation of doublethink, the people are able to read this and interpret meaning from these contradictory statements that are made true for a society as a whole. The first statement equates war to

  • 1984 Big Brother Essay

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    unlike the adults who work to prefabricate the news, the stories and one’s life ‘it is often necessary for a member of the Inner Party to know that this or that item of war is untruthful,…but such knowledge is easily neutralised be the technique of doublethink’. –‘Nearly every aspect of the society presented in 1984 by George Orwell is controlled, including the most natural impulses of sex and love’. People are encouraged to supress their sexual desire, sex was only to reproduce, it was a duty to the

  • Newspeak Language In Nineteen Eighty-Four, By George Orwell

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    do not have the relevant words which allow them to think rationally and to articulate themselves clearly to others. Additionally, the Party is able to manipulate the way in which the people conceive reality, by making use of principles such as “doublethink” and “duckspeak”. With all these methods, the Party is able to control and make the people submissive to itself, thus allowing it to maintain its rule and authority. Essay In George Orwell’s novel, “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, the Party implements

  • Nineteen Eighty-Four Vs The Handmaid's Tale

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    Once people accept doublethink, they accept two contradictory beliefs simultaneously. As an example at the Hate Week rally, the Party speaker shifts its diplomatic allegiance, which Eastasia becomes the enemy, and the crowd accepts his words immediately. At lighting speed, all of the political literature would be rectified (Orwell 182). Additionally, the Party’s official slogans support the idea of doublethink. Although Oceania is in a constant state of war, citizens

  • Philosophical Control In North Korea

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    benefit the country, or rather, their supreme leader while also describing how the people can contain the ability to control the rebuilding of the country. Orwell wrote using the term “doublethink” in a similar way to North Korea’s use of the word Juche. “His mind slid away into the labyrinthine world of doublethink. To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete

  • Euphemism In George Orwell's 1984

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    slogans/propaganda, persuasive surveillance and Newspeak to maintain social control. The Inner Party uses language as means of social control by using ¨doublethink¨ which is a major way the Party controls the Outer Party and Proles. They do not question the elimination of words from the vocabulary from their language, because of the use of ¨doublethink¨ through Newspeak the Party imposes on them. ¨All the beliefs, habits, tastes, emotions, mental attitudes that characterize our time are really designed

  • George Orwell Use Of Propaganda In The Novel 1984

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    Party’s advantage. However, thoughts are always to the Party’s advantage because of a brainwashing tactic called doublethink. Doublethink is the act of holding two contradicting beliefs and simultaneously believing and not believing both, depending on what is convenient for the Party. In a book Julia and Winston read on how the Party operates, doublethink is explained like this: “Doublethink lies at the very heart of Ingsoc, since the essential act of the Party is to use conscious deception while retaining

  • How Is 1984 Relevant Today

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    although, if one would closely examine the story, it is not that different from today 's world in some countries. Like some governments today, the Party restricts the citizens of Oceania by observing their demeanor through telescreens, employing doublethink to control the past, and resorting to the Thought Police to monitor Thought Crime. Tele screens are one of the

  • What Is Realism In 1984 By George Orwell

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    The novel 1984 by George Orwell reveals the destruction of all aspects of the universe. Orwell envisioned how he believes life would be like if a country were taken over by a totalitarian figure. Nineteen eighty-four effectively portrays a totalitarian style government, in which elected representatives maintain the integrity of a nation with very little citizen participation in the decision-making process of the legislative body. Although the authors ideas are inherently and completely fictional