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Examples Of Propaganda In 1984 By George Orwell

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In Orwell’s novel, the reader is introduced to a country run by a totalitarian regime. This dystopian world depicts a future where conformity is mandatory, and the people are controlled through propaganda. Orwell’s inspiration for the creation of his book resides in his experiences during World War II, and specifically in a letter he wrote to a critic by the name of Noel Wilmett in 1944, in which he said: I believe, or fear, that taking the world as a whole these things are on the increase. Hitler, no doubt, will soon disappear, but only at the expense of strengthening (a) Stalin… I am afraid of arrives, a world of two or three great superstates which are unable to conquer one another, two and two could become five if the fuhrer wished it.…show more content…
Early on, in the beginning of the first chapter, propaganda is shown through the protagonist. Winston who is walking home from work to his apartment, Victory Mansions, encounters a poster of “Big Brother” the face of the party who is “It depicted simply an enormous face, more than a meter wide: the face of a man of about forty-five, with a heavy black moustache and ruggedly handsome features.” (Orwell 3). The caption underneath the face states: “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU” (3). A sense of safety and comfort is given to anyone who reads this, the feeling of being protected by an older…show more content…
Sex is an important theme throughout the book and is attributed to the party rather than intimacy between a significant other. When Oceania’s enemy (during Hate Week), changes from Eastasia to Eurasia “…great orgasm was quivering to its climax.” (185) signifying the sexual response the people had towards this revelation. It is important for the Proles to be married to their party rather than to a husband or wife. Orwell strikes a cord in society today when he addresses the news that has been altered for the government’s benefit. Throughout the novel, a constant war between Oceania and either Eastasia or Eurasia takes place, with propaganda romanticizing the killing and destruction that the party does while condemning the opposition as evil. The relevancy to current news in today's world specifically the United States is enlightening. The war on terror, a campaign that was initiated after 9/11 to combat terrorism, used the same spin to create public favour over the conflict. Muslims are deemed evil people and the “ugliest propaganda tactic on which the War on Terror centrally depends, one in which the U.S. media is fully complicit: American and Western victims of violence by Muslims are endlessly mourned” (Greenwald) when they are killed by them. The problem with this philosophy is
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