Ignorance In 1984

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” You have to conscious about the truth of the world you live or their will be dangers that you may not know of. In 1984, while being ignorant may have seemed to be the safer route to go, the people didn’t know about what the government was doing to them. Being enlightened can have consequences but it’s better to know the truth of reality than a world of lies. George Orwell’s 1984 displayed a lot of imagery about enlightenment. Throughout the book, the reader discovers how the government tries to control people’s thoughts. Usually you would believe that 2+2=4 but in 1984, the government made its people believe that 2+2=5. This represented how easy it was for the government to brainwash its citizens and shows how much power they truly have. They were also trapped in this ignorance because if they had any bad thoughts against the government the Thought Police would come to stop them. This didn’t stop Winston though, he did it and he wrote down in his journal about all the ideas and memories he believes the government is trying to brainwash…show more content…
The only thing that they could see was the shadows of the people passing by the cave. You could only imagine that they created names for the different things they saw. Someday, one of the people trapped inside gets released and is able to explore the world outside the cave. He discovers all these new things and then comes back to tell his friends still in the cave about his findings and what he saw and they make fun of him and bash everything he has to say. The person decided he liked what was on the outside more so he chose enlightenment while his friends chose ignorance. This proves that people when exposed to these new things and truths that they enjoy them more than the environment they live
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