How Does George Orwell Use Propaganda In 1984

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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 …show more content…
Through its use of surveillance, propaganda, and its control of all information received by its children, it represents a dominant government and immoral politics as a whole. Our protagonist, Winston, attempts to rebel but is eventually squandered in the last chapters of the book, tortured until he’s a reformed citizen of Oceania- and though it’s a dark example, it supplies the readers a specific message of the government’s immense and abused power. In George Orwell’s 1984 is a warning, made for those living in a Nazi Fascist era, made to show that this could potentially be their future, living under a corrupt government with no freedom. In its entirety, 1984 shows and recounts to us everything a government shouldn’t be- but it also gives us the smaller but no less meaningful messages. That, “If you can feel that staying alive is worthwhile, even when it can’t have any result whatsoever, you’ve beaten

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