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John David Frodsham 1985 points out that to study George Orwells 1984 is to note 1984 will always remain as a menacing possibility p 139 George Orwell in his futuristic novel 1984 incites the imagination of the reader to compare society today with that of the world in the novel The totalitarian society depicted by Orwell did not achieve its power and authority only through violence real or threatened but through the isolation of every Oceania citizen and the incitation of propaganda Such a division made meaningful discourse among them impossible and opened the door for the belief of propaganda because information came only from the Party Although whitewashing world events both past and present to conform to the ideals of Ingsoc was important for maintaining the status quo those acting on behalf of the state went even further in attempting to control the thoughts of the individual In order to do this they developed a language Newspeak that would restrict thought within clear and narrow paradigms That way one could hardly dissent to anything since there would be no language to describe it As Orwell wrote in the Appendix some Newspeak words of which oldthink was one were not so much to express meanings as to destroy them 250-51 original emphasis Consequently those in charge took it upon themselves to redefine terms in order to conform to Party orthodoxy often resulting in such oxymoronic minitruisms as War is Peace and Freedom is Slavery The Ministry of Truth is in charge of propaganda for example just as the Ministry of Love metes out brutal punishment Since both truth and love retain their positive oldspeak connotations both Party members and Proles accept and embrace the evils of Ingsoc as good plusgood or doubleplusgood depending on their loyalty Orwells notion of thoughtcrime illustrates the individualistic tendencies that the state personified as Big Brother wishes to eliminate Protagonist Winston knew that as soon as he decided to
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