1984 Thesis On Control

This is a quotation from the novel 1984 by George Orwell.

Winston is an average man that works for the government, by changing the history and replacing it with what The Party wants.

There too, in tiny clear lettering, the same slogans were inscribed, and on the other face of the coin the head of Big Brother. On coins, on stamps, on the covers of books, on banners, on posters, and on the wrappings of a cigarette packet — everywhere.

Always the eyes watching you and the voice enveloping you.”, in conformity with the Party.

In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.

Every concept that can ever be needed will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten.”, “Newspeak”, an iteration of our English, is a language whose vocabulary is in a constant process of being edited down. With each word that is destroyed by the likes of Winston’s comrade, Syme, of the Ministry of Truth’s Research Department, a small corner of that sculpture is chiselled off, the pool of possible words we can use to describe something or express ourselves shrinks, and with it, our freedom of thought.Imagine a well-defined and thoughtfully-curated sculpture. Language controls what we can or cannot talk about, but it also controls we talk about them.Contemporary debates about abortion exemplify the significance of nuanced word choices: pro-life advocates tend to use the emotionally-loaded word “baby”, instead of the pro-choice word, “fetus”, that’s scientific and disjoint of emotion.In such cases, words act as what literary theorist Kenneth Burke calls “terministic screens.” This ability to shape perception is shared by Newspeak, as the Party manipulates vocabulary to ensure that individual thought is restricted to that which is deemed fit by the Party, as detailed by the “Principles of Newspeak” found in the appendix that follows the concluding chapter.This past year, we’ve heard a lot about cultures of fear and hatred, again, courtesy of the President-Elect.The rhetoric of fear and hate that Donald Trump founded his campaign on is undeniable.Although Trump’s regime will not have complete and total control like Big Brother’s Party, his being elected has already resulted in an increase in hate crimes, and, unfortunately, there is no end in sight, much like the perpetual war Oceania remains in.Winstons torture ensues and he is forced to give up the one person in the world whom he trusted, Winston exclaims "Do it to Julia, Do it to Julia! ..." showing that mind manipulation can turn one away from their deepest feelings.The party used Winston's biggest fear to coerse him into acceptance, he was once again a robot to big brother.Winstons hatred for the party slowly progresses, along with his yearning to join a secret brotherhood, who is in the fight against big brother.Julia, who is against big brothers rules, does not quite share in Winston's intensity, and at this point they began to fall apart.


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