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Nov 24

In this sentence he tells Winston how taking away words could cancel out an entire generation. This would taking away moments, memorizes, emotions, perspectives and etc. in a persons writing. It would be completely ignored because it would not be understood.

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Nov 24

A way in which the party remains powerful is by controlling the simple things in their society such as language. For example, Winston wishes to speak his mind but he can’t fully because his vocabulary is limited. He saw this as normal until Syme pointed it out. Having control over someone’s language is like having control over their thought process.

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Nov 24

It is clear in this paragraph that Orwell is warning us of the complete transformation of language as we know it. This new version of English would eradicate all emotion in speech so that the government could limit its people’s range of thought.

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Nov 24

Syme doesn’t consider the Proles as human beings, which entails the disrespect that is held for the group. Syme goes on to describe the benefits of Newspeak, for people will no longer be able to develop their own thoughts, but dismisses the Proles despite Newspeak and Thoughtcrime not applying to them

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Nov 24

Here Orwell says “The Party does not like such people. One day he will disappear.” gives a sense on how much power the party has having the ability to make one disappear just because the views of the party and the person don’t align.

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Nov 24

Orwell has a clear warning here. Totalitarianism, at least early on, is justified by ideology and led by intellectuals. However, as Orwell saw in the USSR at the time with movements such as Lysenkoism, in order to further centralize power, the intelligentsia, including those who were necessary to the Party’s earlier ideology, are viewed as a threat to control and “dealt with.”

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Nov 24

The whole point of Newspeak is to suppress the people. Dialect among peers can spur ideas and more importantly rebellion. Without communication, people are isolated and have no choice but to obey a higher order.

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Nov 24

Like you said many dystopian stories have a theme of the destruction of art and literature. I think the sentence you commented on highlights that and sort of foreshadows it. This theme of destruction of art and literature is clearly evident in the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury where the plot revolves around a world where books are banished and essential illegal burning any surface of books.

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Nov 24

Control of language is key to Oceania’s control of people. You can not think in a language you do not know. If you control the language people think in, you can control their thoughts themselves. It’s like the lyric of a Pixies song, “all my thoughts are all I am” and by controlling language you are able to control the frame through which people think.

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Nov 24

Destroying words and cutting the language down is a great example of the authoritarian power that destroys individualism in the book. Taking away the individual freedom of the beauty of language is absolute authoritarianism.

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Nov 24

Controlling the vocabulary that people have access to controls the way they think, because of this thoughtcrime will be impossible because you wouldn’t have the vocabulary to even think against them.

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Nov 24

She states that she is not afraid of the moonlight and/or the darkness that comes with it. However higher in the passage she seems quite afraid of spirits. Whats the dynamic?

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Nov 24

This is a theme among many dystopian stories. Orwell is worried that censorship could grow to become mass destruction, which would prevent people from reading about others’ experiences, perspectives, and emotions in stories.

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Nov 24

the dog kept searching around for help to aid the man until it finally settled for Jane to assist.

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Nov 24

I don’t think that thoughts can ever truly be oppressed. I think that Orwell is calling us to acknowledge basic privileges so as to bring us to understand that under alternative circumstances they could be very different. He is calling us to appreciate our freedom of thought.

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Nov 24

When Newspeak simplifies language to one word, the party is taking humanity out of the way we communicate. Newspeak would turn people into emotionless, dull robots with no complex feelings or emotions. By destroying words, they are destroying the intelligence, to make the Party the superior beings, able to control their citizens effortlessly.

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Nov 24

The creation of new anti-intellectual thought by new intellectuals allows for those who are replacing this old intelligence to understand its validity and question its replacement.

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Nov 24

Orwell is predicting here that we will start narrowing down our language in order to limit the possibility of insurrection. By not giving people access to words that they can use to rebel, to express emotions and nuance, words that can become their rallying cry, the party is cutting off the flow of free thought. Because if the next generation doesn’t know what those dangerous words are, they can’t effectively communicate and coordinate with each other.

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Nov 24

Syme believes that getting rid of the synonyms for “good” will help simplify the entire English language.The reason we have these different meanings for good is that each words is slightly modified to mean something else.

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Nov 24

Orwell is explaining here how regimes/parties/states may get rid of words so that people will not know how to express their feelings. They replace words that mean bad things with words that mean good things which makes it easier for the regime/party/state to control its people. If no one knows how to say the words to spark a rebellion, how will they rebel at all?

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Nov 24

This control will make any “thoughtcrime” or “doublethink” impossible, and the Party will have complete control over the people, by eliminating the ability to dissent.

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Nov 24

In order to control the way people think, the words that exist have to be chosen too. Orwell warns us about a government taking away more and more of our rights. It starts with small, unnoticeable things, so that as there are larger things being taken away, we now see that as the norm. This is a form of desensitization.

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Nov 24

I think this is really interesting because it is true in our lives today. There are some things that we just don’t think about and we accept as the truth. If a government is able to create orthodoxy in most if not all areas of life, then there is no need for you to think through things yourself.

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Nov 24

This is how governments are able to keep control by narrowing the range of thought or keeping everyone dumb. This way the people can’t organize enough to rebel, leading to total and constant control of one individual or group.

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Nov 24

Ultimately, the real warning Orwell is giving is the corruption of intellectual freedom, and that when a society refutes the power of free thought that’s when humanity becomes less than

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Nov 24

Orwell warns us of a government that will take away our liberties and freedoms in the future. This is relatively similar to the government today. They never give us freedoms that we don’t have; they only take them away. Orwell warns this issue to show that we need to stand up to the government to maintain our freedoms and our ability to express ourselves truly.

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Nov 24

She speaks that had the man been young and sprightly she would not have dared oppose him as she did.

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Nov 24

She attempts to help him at first, but he simply brushes her off to the side as he believes that he can handle it himself.

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