Theme Of Newspeak In 1984

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In George Orwell’s novel, “1984”, the Party implements a restrictive language known as “Newspeak”, in order to manipulate and diminish the personal thoughts of the people. In so doing, the Party is able to achieve its most important political agenda- to maintain its power and rule in Oceania. In this essay, we shall analyze the different ways in which the Party makes use of “Newspeak” as a mechanism of control. Additionally we will consider the concept of linguistic relativity and how it relates to Newspeak terms, such as “doublethink”, “thoughtcrime” and “duckspeak”. The essay will study the aforementioned aspects, by making reference particularly to the concepts, quotes and arguments found in the novel, as well as in Orwell’s literary essay, “Politics and the English Language”. Language is powerful. In the past, key individuals have been able to use…show more content…
The principle is “duckspeak”, which when “applied to someone you agree with”, is a form of praise (Orwell, 2011, p. 55, Part I, Section V). However, Winston realizes that duckspeak is in fact promoting the use of language, without actually understanding its meaning. Duckspeak is essentially “noise uttered in unconsciousness, like the quacking of a duck” (Orwell, 2011, p. 54, Part I, Section V)! The Party is happy when people make use of language that “consists less and less of words chosen for the sake of their meaning, and more and more of phrases tacked together like the sections of a prefabricated hen-house” (Orwell, 2003). People, who have such a diminished ability to think clearly and rationally, can be easily controlled by the Party. Such passive people never question the decisions made by the Party and hence, the Party is able to maintain its rule and
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