The Importance Of Language In 1984 By George Orwell

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George Orwell’s novel, 1984, raises many questions through demonstrating what it would be like if the United States government, or any government, began destroying the language, building spies at a young age, changing history and creating rooms filled with torture. Language is a very important and powerful gift of thought and self-expression. It is the focal point for conversation and how we express our emotions; it is what sets humans apart from the animal kingdom. Without it what would we become as a people? What would come of our everyday lives? What would it take for the government, our government, to make Orwell’s fiction a reality? From the changing of history, creating a new language, training children spies, to what lies in Room 101,…show more content…
“You haven’t a real appreciation of Newspeak, Winston… Even when you write it you’re still thinking in Oldspeak,” (51). Syme continually tells Winston all about Newspeak and Doublethink and how before long the new language will only have a few words left in it. “It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. Of course the great wastage is in the verbs and adjectives, but there are hundreds of nouns that can be got rid of as well. It isn’t only the synonyms; there are also the antonyms. After all, what justification is there for a word which is simply the opposite of the same other words? A word contains its opposite in itself” (51). To simplify what Syme was saying is that the word bad can be simply changed to “ungood.” Winston however, questions how people could share their feelings and have thought if there are only a few words for them to work with. This is something he does not realize right away, but comes to realize as the story continues. The true reality of what Newspeak is comes forth and it is almost shocking to think that Syme doesn’t seem to have a problem with the fact that it is ruining the language. “Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it” (52). If we think about how this is brainwashing the…show more content…
“You’re a traitor!! yelled the boy. You’re a thought-criminal”(23). These are the words that came from a nine year old boy. Winston was being called a traitor by a young boy. For the people of Oceania, outburst of treason coming from young children is not uncommon. Young children are being taught to spy on their parents and other adults to find out if they are resisting the Party. Children found holding such a responsibility only made their love for the Party grow stronger. Children were being trained as spies so when they became adults the need for resistance would be obsolete. The Party has brainwashed the children of Oceania through, “The song, the processions, the banners, the hiking, the drilling with dummy rifles, the yelling of slogans, the worship of Big Brother” (24). Fear became evident in the lives of parents. To be terrified of your own child, living in constant fear you may say something under your breath or in your sleep. As time passes, the brainwashing would move to the parents, informing them children spies are necessary and the actions of the children should be praised. Parsons young daughter rats him out for mumbling treason in his sleep. Instead of being frightened or upset, he was proud that she was doing the Party
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