1984 Doublethink Analysis

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“ War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength,”. The following quote originates from the infamous novel, 1984 by George Orwell. The meaning behind this popular quote was the action of doublethink which is the act of believing two contradictory thoughts are true. Doublethink plays a large role in the novel. The novel, 1984 takes place in a super-state called Oceania and the main character is Winston Smith. Winston Smith and the rest of the society are controlled by the party and their leader, Big Brother. The government Winston lives with is highly strict and uses technology such as hidden microphones, hidden spies and telescreens (cameras) to monitor the actions of every civilian in the super-state which makes it difficult for Winston…show more content…
The government of Oceania has been using doublethink in a variety of ways to help benefit their government. Oceania uses doublethink to alter history and the memories of their people, gain power over their super-state by using manipulative slogans, create a whole new language called Newspeak that prohibits the use of “negative” terms such as: honor, justice, morality, science, and religion, and lastly by torturing the non believers into the belief of doublethink in order to keep citizens such as Winston Smith from getting out of line. Oceania’s government mainly revolves around the use of doublethink in order to weaken their people and to help them strengthen their government and control over their people.

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