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George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four depicts a dystopian totalitarian society and explores the interlinking concepts of time, memory and history through the examination of the ability to censor information and manipulate via propaganda. It also examines the power of memory and history in influencing and controlling people’s lives. This essay will explore these themes through the disillusioned protagonist Winston and his life under autocratic rule. In the novel the Party controls every aspect of their citizen’s lives. They tell them what to think, how to behave and who to love all through the help of the Ministries of Truth, Peace and Love. The Party manipulate history and alter the truth so much so that Winston loses track of time and is unable to accurately recall past events or rationalize his own history. This constant manipulation also results in a loss of faith in his own memory and the unreliability of his own thoughts. Eventually culminating in Winston becoming brainwashed and devoted…show more content…
Newspeak is designed to remove any possibility of rebellious thoughts by removing words from the English language, 'Oldspeak’, and limiting the vocabulary of the citizens of Oceania. Newspeak contains no negative terms and all terms eventually in some form result in the reinforcement of the Party and its ideas. One such word is ‘doublethink’. Doublethink is a crucial part of the Party’s physiological manipulation of the citizens of Oceania and their ability to constantly change the past and continue to present this information as authentic. Doublethink is the ability to maintain two opposing thoughts in ones head at the same time and still believe both of them to be true. By forcing its people to accept this concept through the use of fear and propaganda the Party is able to present anything as fact even if it is
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