The Corruption Of The Language In 1984 By George Orwell

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The book 1984 opens the eyes of many people to how our lives could change due to the corruption of the government. How everyone lived their lives could very much happen to us if we go on the path that Winston and his fellow people did. One thing that was happening in the book and happening all around us currently was the language and how it was being manipulated due to the overpowering Party members. Having the language change like it was happening to Winston and have it happen to us could drastically bring everything we know to a screeching halt. Something as important as language and having it become smaller and less descriptive could stop us from thinking abstractly and it potentially could become a weapon made by the government to keep …show more content…
Many were afraid to even think for themselves because of this. Winston writes” Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime IS death”(Orwell 28). The Parties intention was to make sure nobody would try to rebel against their rules by saying such bad things about what would happen to someone if they were to commit thoughtcrime. Political correctness is important here because since thoughtcrime was talked about being one of the worst thing one could do, nobody would want to think about anything. If they were to somehow rebel, they would never be the same. Winston says,”Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious”(Orwell 70).This became a very controlling thing because it caused nobody to spend more than a second on one thought because they believed they were going to be vaporized just like everyone was. Winston shows us just how bad thoughtcrime is. When he thinks about all those things he wants to do to Julia.When O’Brien captures Winston for committing thoughtcrime he was taken away and tortured(Orwell 261) and then taken to a room where he was forced to admit of his crime(Orwell 282). …show more content…
Doublethink was the one word that caused the most problems. The definition of doublethink is when you are willing to accept contradictory beliefs.This is shown throughout the book with the with the constant war happening around them. Winston says “Winston could not definitely remember a time when his country had not been at war, but it was evident that there had been a fairly long interval of peace during his childhood, because one of his early memories was of an air raid, which appeared to take everyone by surprise”(Orwell 32).When reading through the book, the reader begins to realize that the media could possibly be telling them false information about what’s really happening in the war. They are not to the citizens advantage, but to the Party themselves. There was even a time when Winston was able to know the exact details of the war due to the fact that it was always the same thing(Orwell 25-26). Winston also says” 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[...]Even to understand the word "doublethink" involved the use of doublethink”(Orwell 35). He sees doublethink as something terrible and the word itself is contradictory.

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