Propaganda In 1984 By George Orwell

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Succumbing to Propaganda The human mind is not so bold and clever as humanity boasts it to be; it is rather gullible and sheltered as it can easily be persuaded by the use of propaganda, a tool that can be represented either orally or visually and is used by people to provoke a reaction from the targeted audience...In George Orwell’s 1984, it is apparent that the once Enlightenment-fueled human reasoning revolution is succumbing to the Party of English Socialism’s well-rounded and sophisticated propaganda. It is evident in their outreach; it can hardly be doubted that they have perpetuated a fear of omnipotence and all-seeing, therefore deterring opposing views to the propaganda; it is evident in the Party’s general doctrine, which declares …show more content…
The Party appears to be inescapable in the world of 1984 as the outreach of the Party makes the Party to be as “[acceptable] as something unalterable, like the sky”, as every citizen of Oceania can see the face of Big Brother, the beloved figure for the Party, and he can most certainly see them back through the technology of the telescreen which is a part of every Party member’s lives (Orwell 181). The words “Big Brother is Watching You” are emblazoned on “coins, on the covers of books, on banners, on posters, and on the wrapping of cigarette packages” and “always the eyes [of Big Brother are] watching [the people of Oceania] and the voice [of ‘Him’ is always] enveloping [them]...” (Orwell 27). Big Brother, in this sense, is ever present in their lives. He is the only certainty in their ever changing and war riddled world; they …show more content…
Lunacy is preferred to the heretic when he or she finally remembers what they might submit to if they succumb to the propaganda and doctrine. For example, Inner Party O’Brien openly admits that “the more [powerful] the Party is, the less it will be tolerant [and] the weaker the opposition, the tighter the despotism” and the “Party seeks power entirely for its own sake” (Orwell 255). The inherent repulsion in the remnants of their humanity to this knows, without capitulation, that “[freedom is to] die hating them” (Orwell 281). Doctrine says that Freedom is Slavery; and in essence, the lunatic is enslaved to be the minority of one. Even though Doctrine denies it, “[being the minority of one did not make [them] mad [and] there was truth and there was untruth, and if [they] cling to the truth even against the whole world, [they are] not mad” (Orwell 252). The doctrine of the Party consists of three slogans: War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, and Ignorance is Strength. In the present society, it is gathered that these are not truths but rather contradictory terms. In 1984, it has become socially acceptable to be ignorant, enslaved, and eternally in war. And supposedly, the Oceania citizen is due to assimilate into the Party’s doctrine; the doctrine whereof that acknowledges “always [there] shall [be heresy, and the ideology will be at their] mercy screaming with pain,

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