Analysis Of George Orwell 's 1984 Essay

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What it Means to Exist in 1984 During the totalitarian reign of Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill, a beacon of hope for the English, declared in a speech to his people that “all the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope” (Winston Churchill). George Orwell was inspired by this period of terror to write 1984, which explores the capabilities of a totalitarian society in our world. Under the rule of the chillingly exclusive Inner Party and mysterious dictator Big Brother who seek nothing but power, England submits to a terrifying totalitarian rule. The Inner Party forces the eradication of all that Churchill spoke to be great; freedom, justice, honor, mercy, and most of all, hope. The practices of doublethink and newspeak are the keys used to unlock the ideal totalitarian society valued by the Inner Party. They may have been constructed within the mind of Orwell, but traces of these practices speak to the reader who realizes their startling significance too late. In the thick of 1984, George Orwell uses doublethink and newspeak to twist the meaning of existence into the obtainment and sustainment of a totalitarian society. The first and simplest tool used by the Party is Newspeak, Oceania’s (Orwell 's England 's) official language, although in the timeframe of the novel it is not widely spoken instead in the process of being written and put into action (Orwell 299). The intention…

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