George Orwell 's Dystopian Society

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In his novel 1984, George Orwell portrays a perfectly dystopian society: an all-powerful government, its repressed people, and the detailed mechanisms that allow these two vastly different groups to take place and interact as they do. The book serves as a caution of what would happen if people succumbed to the chains forced on or offered to them by the mighty. Methods similar to the ones used by the government in 1984 to hold on to leadership of the state are also being used by the 2016 presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, in their election efforts. These said devices are purposed primarily to improve their image to the public, because it is these images that the public will use to decide who to vote for. A multitude of strategies are brought into play in this game of perception--from scapegoats to slogans and everything in between--by both the fictitious 1984 authorities and the very real presidential nominees. The use of strong slogans is easily one of the most obvious strategies used by the make-believe government of Oceania and the two candidates to win the people’s support. For instance, Oceania’s three primary slogans are “war is peace,” “freedom is slavery,” and “ignorance is strength” (Orwell Part 1 Ch 1, Location 40). These slogans are mentioned repeatedly throughout the course of the novel, fixating the slogans into the reader’s memories, just as Oceania’s citizens have the slogans fixated into theirs. Since these slogans are the slogans of
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