Reading Journal: The Importance Of Language In 'George Orwell'
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Reading Journal #1: Character Development Winston Smith follows the traditional path of a hero 's journey. O’Brien calls him to adventure calling to him in a dream. The threshold crossing is when Winston buys the little black journal from the old antique shop. It was his first secret act against the Party. His mentor is O’Brien, and Winston clings to the words from his dream for hope. He meets Julia who is of great help to motivate Winston and encourage his independent thinking. For too long, Winston had depended on the Party to do the thinking. He went through life almost without having to think, but since his journey he has learned to search for truth and question the doctrine of society. Winston discovered, “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.” (Orwell 81).” Of his many challenges, his greatest challenge is that of secrecy. With the ever watching eye of Big Brother, not being caught by the Thought Police or turned…show more content… It is a reduced version of English using the least amount of words as possible. Newspeak is destroying words and cutting down the English language to the point of being able to express yourself with one word. “Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? (Orwell 52). By analyzing this quote one can find that since Newspeak narrows thought and Newspeak is shortening the English Language, therefore, shortening the English vocabulary shortens the range of thought. Basically, ‘Don’t you see shortening vocabulary narrows the range of thought?’ This is key to the Party’s need of control. In order to control the mind what better way to do so than by reduce the amount of words one can use to express themselves and even think. It was important that Winston figure this out because it was another piece of proof of the Party’s plan to gain total control over the