The Realization Of Doublethink In 1984 By George Orwell

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“IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH” is one of the party’s key phrases. This means that having uneducated, oblivious people, contributes to the power of the party. The citizens of Oceania must believe everything the government tells them in order to be controlled. People who refuse to believe these lies, or try to let people know the truth, are considered enemies of the party. This is considered thoughtcrime, and anyone who is found guilty is subject to ‘vaporization’, and will never be seen again. In 1984, George Orwell uses characterization of the protagonists, Winston and Julia, and plot to explain how in a society built upon countless lies, it is a crime to think or spread the truth. The character construction of Winston Smith is based around his thoughts of truth and conspiracy. He tries to practice doublethink, but is often unsuccessful. “If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.” (Orwell 283). This is a thought of Winston Smith near the end of the book. This describes the thought process of doublethink, and how one must hide their true thoughts from themself. When Winston is done being tortured, he begins to hide the truth from himself. "Life, if you looked about you, bore no resemblance not only to the lies that streamed out of the telescreens, but even to the ideals that the Party was trying to achieve." (Orwell 74). Winston has this thought while considering whether the "proles" could ever rebel. This passage is a description of the contrast

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