Propaganda in 1984

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Crystal Robles
Dr. Paliwoda
English 101
4 December 2012

In Oceania, rumors, myths, ideas and false information controls the minds of the citizens. The Party uses propaganda as a powerful weapon against the citizens. There are many types of propaganda used. Propaganda is brainwash. The citizens of Oceania are brainwashed to think that the Party is really there to help them, to make them happy. “WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.” and “Big Brother is Watching You” are examples of doublethink. These uses of propaganda prevent rebellion of the citizens of Oceania because they believe that this society is the ideal society. They believe they are protected, and that they could not be happier. Propaganda is the Party’s deadliest weapon of control.

One use of propaganda used by the Party is doublethink. “WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.” The Party’s slogans are all part of doublethink. In this example, the Party is trying to convince the citizens of Oceania that what they want is what they already have. They do not want freedom, because it is slavery. If they were free, they wouldn’t be unhappy and would not live the way they do. They are made to believe that war makes peace and serenity. That not knowing and being unaware of what is going on is strength. The Party uses these slogans to control the minds of the citizens to believe that anything other than their INGSOC government would not make them happy. This way, the citizens will not consider rebellion because they believe that the Party’s way of government, is the only good way of government.

“Big Brother is Watching You.” This slogan of the Party is used in the media also. This example of doublethink is depicted beneath the picture of Big Brother on posters that are hung about Oceania. This slogan is meant to give citizens a feeling of protection. A feeling of safety. The Party uses this to make them think that within this government, nothing can go wrong....
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