Freedom And Freedom In 1984, By George Orwell's 1984

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‘War is Peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.’ These are the beliefs which the government propagandized to the citizens of Oceania in novel 1984 which written by George Orwell. It pictured a totalitarian society which the citizens were ruled by fear and force and oversaw by the Party. It shall never happen in the 20th century, but the truth is opposite. ‘Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past (Orwell, 1984). In 1984, the Party member practice a mental contortion that assumes two contradictory premises simultaneously for the sake of exercising control over reality which is called ‘doublethink’. The Party use this idea to control the society and disturb people memories. During the World War II, Japan was invading China and massacring innocent citizens. Unlike Germany, which apologized to the Jews which many of them were being executed by Nazis, Japan is trying to hide the truth. The government spreads rumors that the massacre was never happened and change the domestic history textbook that the war between China and Japan was ‘honorable’ and the Japanese soldiers were all ‘innocent’, and they died like real ‘warriors’. ‘Doublethink’ also have relationship with language - ‘if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought’ (Orwell, 1984). In 1984, the Party created ‘Newspeak’, a stripped-down, impotent distortion of English, that renders certain ideas literally unthinkable through reduction of vocabulary

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