The Truth In George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four

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To maintain intrinsic control over the public, governments often hinder the truth from the public’s knowledge. Lies are grandiosed in order to foment obliviousness—obliviousness that transgresses into revere towards the government. However, with the truth, it instigates freedom, a notion totalitarian governments consider their debacle . In the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell illustrates a dystopian where citizens are mandated under the supercilious tyrant, Big Brother. With Big Brother dictating, his ideology becomes the “truth” as citizens are forced to align with his beliefs. By highlighting Orwell’s use of irony, foreshadowing, and symbolism, he depicts how knowing the truth can lead to humanity’s freedom. At the beginning…show more content…
In the novel, the Party uses “language . . . to mislead people” (“Themes and Construction”), and eliminates words that may express negativity towards the Party. To fulfill the job of reducing words, it requisites people such as the character, Syme. However, his temerity in the canteen about the evolution of Newspeak leads Winston into thinking how one day, “Syme will be vaporized” (Orwell 53; 1. 5). Winston’s thought indicates a warning that later on in the story, Syme dies. Despite Syme’s unconditional loyalty towards Big Brother, he is too smart. He has too much insight and thinks too much. The Party does not like that they are unable to control Syme’s thoughts. His fate is inevitable as the Party despises intelligent people, especially those who are not afraid to challenge themselves and speak out, even on behalf of Big Brother. As predicted by Winston, “A morning came, and [Syme] was missing from work” (Orwell 147; 2. 5). Syme has ceased to exist because the Party has killed him. By emphasizing Syme’s fatalistic end, Orwell reveals the government's displeasure towards people who think. Since people are willing to think, they will start to realize and question the venal government, and ultimately press for a
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