Newspeak And Doublethink Analysis
- Discuss the ideas of Newspeak and doublethink. How important are these concepts for the Party’s control of Oceania?
- Please start your essay with a brief introduction of the author.
In this assignment, I am going to discuss and reflect on the ideas of Newspeak and doublethink in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, written by George Orwell. I will look at how important these concepts are for the Party, and how they help the Party of Oceania to control both the proles and party members. First, I will start by examining both terms, explain them, then demonstrate how they are used in the text, followed by an explanation of why they are important for the party.
The first term, Newspeak. In Orwell's appendix, Newspeak is a language to meet the ideological requirements of Ingsoc (English Socialism). The fictional totalitarian state of Oceania ruled by "The party" has made a completely new and controlled language. This new language has a limited vocabulary, restricted grammar, a verbal design meant to limit the freedom of thought. "If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought"(para. 16) is written in Orwell's book, this is the very concept behind the whole invention of a new language. The party wants a language where it's not possible to think …show more content…
In Nineteen Eighty-Four there is a word called Doublethink. Doublethink is a word in the previous subject I discussed, Newspeak. The precise explanation of Doublethink would be that it’s an act of concurrently accepting two mutually contradictory beliefs as correct. In other words, it’s holding two opposite, separately exclusive ideas or opinions and be certain that they both are true but choosing to believe in the thought that favours Big Brother the most. To deliberately believe in lies while knowing they’re false. “Doublethink is to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them” (p.