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1984 Analysis Of Author's Use Of Satire

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Yang 1Yang 2Yang 3Goody YangBlock # 38/22/14AP EngLangComp: AtkinsOne of the readings that I want to reflect on is the novel done by George Orwell and his predictions of political views of what it would be like in the future if government power stayed the same. Coincidently his novel "1984" was written just shortly after the war had just ended in 1948 with Soviets ruling half of Europe. In this novel Orwell portrayed that men and women are controlled by their Big Brother in their public and private life; Big Brother in some ways represents Stalin: portray and seen everywhere like a God, whoever disobey him are either tortured or killed until they approve of Big Brother. The author addresses how easily the government can control our future from erasing and manipulating our past to influence our daily lives. Throughout the novel Orwell's use of satire was strongly portray in many ironic and intriguing methods criticizing Stalinism.The author recites this slogan throughout the novel quoting, "War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength (pg. 6)," This quote ironically depict how war is peace, freedom is slavery, and ignorance is strength when actually its not. Orwell introduce this quote early in the novel to show the readers how living in a state of constant propaganda weakens the strength of the individuals' minds and how it established fear into the society such as the Party's power to make their subjects believe illogical reasoning that 2+2=5. This national slogan in some way makes sense; war is peace because having a common enemy keeps the people of Oceania united, freedom is slavery because a man who is independent is doomed to fail, and slavery is freedom because the incapability of the people to recognize contradictions makes the Party strong and powerful.As we read on into the novel, Ministries are introduced to the readers: Ministries of Truth, Ministries of Peace, Ministries of Plenty and Ministries of Love. The audience might think that the ministries give love, truth and plenty's, but soon find out the irony behind the Ministry's title from a passage Winston mention, "One did not know what happened inside the Ministry of Love, but it was possible to guess: torture, drugs, delicate instruments that registered your nervous reactions, gradual wearing down by sleeplessness and solitude and persistent questioning." The Ministries' names are examples of doublethink: Truth with lies, peace with wars, plenty with starvation, and love with torture. From what the audience knows Winston works in the Record...

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