1984: Nineteen Eighty-four and Big Brother Essay
1324 WordsDec 8th, 20126 Pages
27 November 2012
Dystopian Government’s Intentions are not Benevolent, but Self-serving
A society in which independent thinking is a crime punishable by death, the government does not think of the common good by which all of the society will benefit, and the leaders are self-serving. Big Brother doesn't need to justify its ways because it holds all of the power in society through its ministries. In the novel, 1984 by George Orwell, there is one theme that stands out the most from the point of view from Winston, the main theme of the book is that government’s intentions are not benevolent, but self-serving this is show through government control, population control, and…show more content…
VII). Almost everything about the past is forgotten, rewritten, and the fact that the citizens of Oceania live in fear, this allows society to accept every piece of false information that is given to them as the truth in the eyes of Big Brother. With this new concept of Newspeak, Big Brother is able to control society’s thoughts through a language. By creating Newspeak, the Party made it impossible to conceive rebellious or disobedient thoughts, because no words would exist that would allow them to express these thoughts. As the Party is constantly updating Newspeak, which is the new version of their English, Big Brother is getting closer to their ultimate goal. The ultimate goal for Big Brother is that no one will be capable of committing thought crime or even better will question the Party's supreme power. "All ambiguities and shades of meaning had been purged out of them. It was quite impossible to use the vocabulary for literary purposes or for political or philosophical discussion" (Book II Ch. III). By creating Newspeak, the Party is able to eliminate free thought, and is able to control the minds of the citizens by using language as mind control. "... the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of free thought" (Book I, Ch. V). Big Brother also has the Thought Police for monitoring all thought.
The Thought Police which are in charge of monitoring all thought crimes so that the government can never
The Power of Language 1984 Comparison Essay
1525 WordsJan 4th, 20137 Pages
The Power of Language
George Orwell, the writer of many highly regarded literary works, is extremely interested in the power of language, mainly how it is abused. By analyzing two of his works, 1984 and Politics and The English Language, it is clear that Orwell is using his writing to bring awareness to the dangers of the manipulation, misuse, and decline of language. In 1984 he demonstrates how language can be used to control thought and manipulate the past. This is proven throughout the novel by examining the language of Newspeak and how it is key to controlling the totalitarian state, and how using language to alter and manipulate history can shape reality. In his essay Politics and the English Language Orwell…show more content…
Since without language thought is nearly impossible the party believes that by altering the language they can impose their untrue reality. They will be able to restrict it to the point that even a person’s thoughts are manipulated; things such as individualism and imagination will cease to exist. Which ultimately will give the Party total control over society. The newspeak engineer also goes on to state “ In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible because there will be no words in which to express it.” (55) This quote proves how vital control of language is to the party, it is the key to becoming a controlled state. By creating the element of Newspeak in 1984 Orwell is warning against the potential consequences of manipulating language to benefit people in power and how this can eventually lead to a totalitarian state.
In 1984 Orwell also warns of the misuse of language and how it can shape reality. He demonstrates how the Party is extremely skilled at changing reality through language, especially when it is related to the past. The Party has the ability to alter any piece of literature or writing that doesn’t coincide with their desired robotic society. This constant altering of the past makes finding a true reality impossible because reality is undergoing constant change.