The Dystopian Society of Oceania in the Novel 1984 by George Orwell

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Power over the mind and power over the past are both necessary to ensure power over the population. Both language and power are crucial to controlling the population and since language has the power in politics to mask the truth and mislead the public, one could use them both to increase public awareness of this power. In the dystopian society of Oceania in George Orwell's novel 1984, Orwell gives readers a glimpse at how power and language relationship can be used to gain control of the public. In order to display one’s dominance, power is the key factor that should be displayed to gain control over the public. In the novel “The Party” has the power and control over the population. The Party promulgates the idea that whatever government is in power has the power to control everything that is, that was, and everything that ever will be. The Party seems to be imposing a tension between two different types of discourse, or two different attitudes to the uses of language through which the world is represented to the people of Oceania. Their slogan "Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past,” is a prime example of how they use language to control the population (p.37). The Party use slogans such as “big brother is watching” to ensure that there is no deviation from Big Brother’s doctrine. This also gives the party a sort of god-like power because it seems as though they are always watching and will always know when someone sins. One

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