How Does 1984 Word's Have Power

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Word’s Have Power “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, and Ignorance is Strength” In George Orwell’s novel “1984”, society and reality is based on information and information is all related by words. The most potent force that exists in this novel is the power of language and the government goes to great lengths to influence and control the language of society. Newspeak was introduced by the Party in order to control society and to replace English, which was the official language of Oceania. The Party was constantly refining and perfecting Newspeak, with the ultimate goal that no one would be capable of conceptualizing anything that might question the Party’s absolute power. Foreign powers during the colonial times took political and military control of and instituted their own language for both government and business. Newspeak aimed to narrow the thoughts of people so that they could control them from rebellion; the words by which such thoughts might be articulated have been eliminated from the language.…show more content…
Any undesirable concepts are eradicated. The goal was for everyone to be speaking this language by the year 2050. Newspeak was meant to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits, but to make all other modes of thought impossible. This was done partly by the invention of new words, but chiefly by eliminating undesirable words and stripping such words as remained of unorthodox meanings, and so far as possible of all secondary meaning whatever. Newspeak was formed in order to preserve the secrets of the Party, preventing politically motivated actions, and promoting the use of politically correct terms. The limited language of Newspeak enabled free

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