Analysis Of George Orwell 's ' Nineteen Eighty Four '

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Introduction
In Nineteen Eighty Four this dystopian world is largely conveyed through the dramatic irony in the three party slogans “WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH” These slogans are emphasised as Winston is a man guilty of “doublethink” and clearly does not agree with the slogans that his society is forced to live by. The impact of the irony on the responder becomes stronger, as we live in a world where we dream of no war, have the right to freedom and encourage education. Winston believes that he should be living in a world like this also.

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Powerplay and Doublethink
Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four features the Party, a totalitarian political group that micromanages citizen’s lives. A technique that is used to convey this are the Party uniforms, which show the extreme conformity of Party members. The Party creates and distributes propaganda and political slogans, “War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength,” This key political slogan is engraved onto a central building in the city; the ironically named Ministry of Truth. The oxymoronic nature of the slogan amplifies the strong psychological control the Party had over civilians. Orwell states that ‘no matter how strong you are psychologically, physical torture will always make you give up’. This connection between physical pain and psychological control represents powerplay as the exploitation of human’s physical weakness to gain power. This is shown when Winston is faced…
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