Orwell 's 1984 By George Orwell

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“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought,” states George Orwell, a well-known author, showing how powerful words are, to the point where they can influence the thoughts of people. This is a common theme throughout history, referred to as propaganda, where those in control present words and information to the public to change their opinion on ideas, causes, or policies. The use of propaganda appears in many forms of literature, but it is an especially prominent idea in the novel 1984 by George Orwell. The plot centers on Winston Smith, a thirty-nine year old man living in a dystopian London in 1984, and follows his struggle to subtly oppose the Party, the ruling government of the oligarchy Oceania, one of the three superstates of the world in his time. While Winston fights to oppose the Party through small acts of rebellion, he is constantly on guard against the Thought Police, a task force that finds, imprisons, and kills people who have independent thought outside the Party’s will. Though Winston is eventually caught by the Thought Police and converted back to a Party drone, along with his lover Julia, he is able to catch a glimpse of the corrupted government behind the helping façade of the Party. One of the main tools of propaganda used by the Party is the three slogans WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, and IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH. The Party utilizes the slogan WAR IS PEACE to promote the war between Oceania and one of the other two superstates

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