“Nineteen Eighty - Four” – TEST RESPONSE: TOPIC THREE (3)
In the appendix of Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell warns against the enormous power a regime can hold once it has control of the language. Winston, on the other hand, believes he is free as long as he can hold on the mathematical axiom, 2+2=4.
Unfortunately, Winston grossly underestimates the sheer power held be Oceania’s totalitarian regime.
With the Inner Party at the helm, Oceanian society has been
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Party and its ideals made it extremely difficult to express conflicting or derogatory views towards the Party. And, with this suppression of free thought through language, the Party is also able to eliminate unwanted ideas, emotions, and ideals associated with those words.
The embodiment of the slogan “Ignorance is Strength” is another source of power for the totalitarian regime in Oceania. The Party exploits the basic idea that ignorant people are content people; simply be