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...two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them" (176). In modern day, the term "civilian casualties" being reworded as "collateral damage" is an example of the manipulation of language. In 1984, the Party also seeks to eradicate the family; one way is to turn children against their parents. Parsons, another coworker of Smith's is ultimately betrayed in this manner, believing that he did something wrong, after he hears that his children have reported him to the Party as plotting against Big Brother. The world of 1984 is a world of public hangings, and of people being desensitized to violence, another result of continuous war between the three superstates. In the end, Smith betrays Julia and becomes a member of the Party again, but before he is converted, he states a belief that "if there is hope, it lies in the proles" (60).
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