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Name Instructor Class 26 September 2013 English Language and Thought in Orwell’s 1984 1984 illustrates how the English language can shape human thought and actions. It focuses on a particular individual to personify the enemy in the “perpetual” distant war because in doing so, it isolates the individual and renders them incapable of mobilizing for their collective aims.
This was already becoming normal at that time” (Orwell 1984 Book 2, Chapter 7). Private loyalties are cut because it is one of the best ways to ensure loyalty to the state. In connection to the loss of privacy, the Party can make it easy to undermine their enemy by connecting rebellion to the idea of perpetual war. The Party calls it a distant war that happens all the time to stress that the war has no essence and direction. By focusing on the individual and the perpetual timeframe of war, the Party shows the people that it is senseless to support a war that has no specific meaning and outcomes. 1984 further notes that doublespeak propaganda slogans such as “War is Peace,” “Freedom is Slavery,” and “Ignorance is Strength” is meant to clutter the language and make it less effective in attaining its impact of changing people’s mindsets and behaviors. In “Politics and the English Language,” Orwell argues that the fall of the English language roots from economic and political causes, and not literary causes (1). He shows that people use vague and imprecise language with purposes of deceiving people. In 1984, doublespeak propaganda is meant to deceive people. ...
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