Analysis Of George Orwell 's ' 1984 ' Essay

1147 Words Aug 17th, 2015 5 Pages
When we’re introduced to Winston Smith, an aging average man living in a future version of Oceania, we’re inevitably draw into his world and it soon becomes evident that Winston is a citizen in a totalitarian society; omnipresent Big Brother is always watching and one wrong move can result in government ordered elimination. And though themes of technology and law are present, the discernible theme of George Orwell’s “1984” is politics, illustrating the maintenance of the Party’s citizens through propaganda and the control of any and all information. In Winston’s Oceania, the government forces propaganda down its citizens throats, making sure that they can’t hold any true opinions of their own. The first and most vital example of propaganda makes its appearance on page 2, in Winston’s description of the Ministry of Truth; inscribed on the building are the words “War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength,” The Party continually uses this saying to maintain its hold and jurisdiction over its people; though it’s chanted and repeated by the loyal citizens they have no way of knowing that they’re brainwashing themselves. The idea behind it is this: while using contradictory statements the government can induce whatever emotions they see fit from the citizens. The statement “War is Peace” is used to convince its citizens that though there is indeed war, they are also at peace, therefore there is no reason to be unhappy and rebel; this also means that the Party can…

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