War Is Peace Rhetorical Analysis

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Fear is one of the most basic survival instincts, and is necessary in staying alive, but it can be easily used as a weapon of power. When this emotion is used by a government for the sake of control, it creates a parasitic attachment to the people and society. It’s degree of influence over people is remarkable in the sense that it is a negative emotion. Fear is the motivator for conformers to conform but also is subject to other reactions based on the likeness of an individual. This fear is seen in almost all aspects of life in Oceania, the citizens are being constantly watched, the enemies of the party are risking their entire existence by rebelling and a false war keeps everyone in line. Privacy was eliminated in Oceania, and the citizens …show more content…
They will be loyal to the party to win the war. This is embedded into the framework of the party and will forever be the nature of the party due to it being a main source of their imposed fear on their citizens. “WAR IS PEACE”(6). This is the first slogan out of the three main slogans of the party. Peace is also war; meaning that the party has peace because everyone believes they are at war and are willing to devote themselves to the war effort. War is constant and is always changing, but the party makes people believe they have been fighting the same war the whole time. This control is maintaining the constant threat of enemies, making people fear the outside as well as increasing their devotion to the party. “At this moment, for example, in 1984 (if it was 1984), Oceania was at war with Eurasia and in alliance with Eastasia...Officially the change of partners had never happened. Oceania was at war with Eurasia: therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia” (42,43). Since everyone believes what the party tells them, the war threat is very constant to the citizens, and is a main concern everyday. This fear is essential to improving the party’s control. The party uses war as a means of oppressing the people. “War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the

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