1984 Propganda Research Paper

Better Essays
Samantha Mehalick
1984 Propaganda Research Paper
Mrs. McCarthy
Honors English Period 4
June 3rd, 2013

George Orwell wrote the book 1984 as a warning to the people in the future. Orwell opened the people’s eyes to the way the government controls the people by torture and control of information and language. Also, the government controls by war and fear, brainwashing, propaganda, and several other evils. One of the major ways the government controlled the people in the book was by propaganda. Propaganda is the information, ideas, or rumors intentionally spread widely to help or harm a person, group, nation, etc. In 1984, George Orwell warns us about the use of propaganda by government to control people. The propaganda used by the government in 1984, during the time period of the book, and today is used to keep the government in control, to force people to think in one way and to make the citizens think what the government wants them to. Propaganda is selective information that is given for many different reasons. Governments tend to use this method to stay in control. In 1984, the Party uses fake messages to stay in control and make the people of Oceania think they are doing well for their nation. A message given by the government was "Attention! Your attention, please! A newsflash has arrived from the Malabar front at this moment. Our forces in South India have won a glorious victory. I am authorized to say that the action we are now reporting may well bring the war within measurable distance of its end. Here is the newsflash-" (Orwell 25-26). In this situation, the Party told the citizens the war is over and they have won. Little do the citizens know, there was never a war happening. The government told the people this lie so that the people would gain hope and believe they are safe. All throughout the "war" the people of Oceania were sending food to who they thought were the soldiers fighting for their country but all the food really went to the



Cited: Bowen, Jeremy. "Libya Makes Arrests over Deadly US Embassy Attack." BBC News. BBC, 14 Sept. 2012. Web. 28 Feb. 2013. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19595237>. "Due Diligence: Did Obama Initially Deem Libya Attacks a Terrorist Act?" CBSNews. CBS Interactive, n.d. Web. 28 Feb. 2013. <http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57534515/due-diligence-did-obama-initially-deem-libya-attacks-a-terrorist-act/>. "Holocaust History." Nazi Propaganda. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Feb. 2013. <http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005202>. Orwell, George. 1984: A Novel. New York, NY: Published by Signet Classic, 1977. Print. "Propaganda and Promises." Nazi. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Feb. 2013. <http://www.theholocaustexplained.org/ks3/the-nazi-rise-to-power/how-did-nazis-gain-power/propaganda-and-promises/>.

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Good Essays

    1984 Research Paper

    • 467 Words
    • 2 Pages

    1984 Process Paper In the novel “1984” by George Orwell, uses the thematic subject totalitarianism and reality to convey the political issues going on in the 20th century. On one hand, Orwell uses totalitarianism to illustrate the issues going on in Germany. On the other hand, Orwell uses reality to illustrate the lack of self identity and realism in the community. I believe Orwell wrote this novel to illustrate what would happen if the United States continued to ignore the Holocaust the world would…

    • 467 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    build up the power of the government and degrade the populace. In his novel 1984, George Orwell warns about the dangers of a totalitarian government, as the citizens of Oceania blindly praise and obey Big Brother and the Party. In this dystopia, the Party can catch even those who think thoughts against the Party and take them away from society. Similarly, in China and Russia, an authoritarian party works…

    • 802 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Dominic Harge Period 7 12/8/2015 !984 Final Essay Privacy! Is it really underappreciated and will the connections in 1984 and the present be so different as to clearly not see connections? 1984 a dystopian style book consisting of a seemingly apocalyptic and utopian state to a majority of the characters such as the people of the inner party the most powerful government group in the book. Along the storylines characters Winston and Julia his lover eventually see the society governed by Big Brother…

    • 752 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    misery as squalor, disease, and overcrowding”. In most cases, utopias turn into dystopias over time, and in reality, from the inside the people think everything is normal, but from the outside looking in, it is a terrible and dark place. In the novel 1984, the people in Oceania love the mysterious dictator they call, “Big Brother”. He and his party control the society and have brainwashed all of them. Due to the people growing up like that, they’ve grown to believe its normal. This utopia falls into…

    • 918 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    political upheaval if those being control are not in favor of the rules. Many things inspire rebellion, though many back down in the face of adversity, do not gain enough of a following, or are not meticulous enough when it comes to planning to rebel. In 1984, a totalitarian government controls everything in a nation named Oceania. With the public constantly being monitored 24/7, they must show full allegiance to this nation and must not even think a bad thought towards it. Physical activity is forced,…

    • 962 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    1984, causes a thought of the past, when times were easier. However that is not the case in George Orwell's novel. It was written in 1949 and was therefore written before the year 1984. Orwell was using this novel to predict the future of the world. He believed there would be three superpowers left and they’d each be holding part of the world. This book is placed in Air Strip one of Oceana, London. This Oceana is a dystopia, it is an overruling force many would consider evil. 1984 is a terrifying…

    • 630 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    1984 Essay There’s no point in trying to fight the government; it will always have control over us, no matter how hard we try to fight it. Americans are like the members of Oceania in Orwell’s 1984 today due to the use of photo and media manipulation by the government in order to rewrite the past. Some people may believe that the government does not have complete control because the public voices their anti-government opinions through protesting, but little actually comes out of these protests.…

    • 1165 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    The Party in 1984, led by the figurehead of Big Brother, exercised the use of doublethink as a means to control its society. Doublethink is essentially mind control, and in the Party’s situation, it was mass, or collective, mind control. This mind control was achieved through collective solipsism. Throughout history, as we presently see in North Korea, governments have strived to control their populations as much as possible, but none have achieved near complete control like the Party did. Certain…

    • 1590 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Good Essays

    communication through two screens and permits audio. This has particularly brought to attention because of its similarity to George Orwell’s 1984 telescreens. In the book, an authoritarian government ruled by Big Brother controls its people by various telescreens planted around various places, hidden to the eye. Shown by the quote, “Big Brother is watching you,” the setting in 1984 is ruled by fear. An alarming question brought upon us is, “are we reaching a similar setting as George Orwell’s imagination?” Although…

    • 523 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Gil Craddock Per.3 1984 Olympic Boycott The summer Olympics of 1984 was a very exciting Olympic trial. It was full of controversy, records, and it was held in the near and dear Los Angeles. This was during the cold war against the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union decided to boycott the Olympics held in Los Angeles to prove that the U.S would not control them. In 1979 The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Afghanistan was an ally of the U.S., so on March 21 President Jimmy Carter stated that…

    • 356 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays