Orwell 's 1984 By George Orwell Essays

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In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, the author uses several repetitions of words in the novel whether the exact word, similar meaning or the exact opposite of the word. Orwell does this to have the reader notice the word and to make the reader think about why he would use the word twice. In 1984, Orwell presents a perfect example of word repetition to get his point across when he is explaining the concept of “doublethink”.
“To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again: and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself. That was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word "doublethink" involved the use of doublethink.” (Orwell 35) In this particular quote, Orwell uses many different versions of repetition to get his point across. However, each repetition he makes has a different level of meaning and level of importance. The most…

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