My favorite quote is
“War is Peace”
“Freedom is Slavery”
“Ignorance Is Strength”
When I first read this, I actually paused and reread what I had just seen. At first I had no idea what that meant. As I took time to ponder about it, it sort of became clearer.
I chose this quote because it started throwing me lots of questions, questions that I do not have the answers to. Some people might think that this quote is a whole lot of nonsense however some would also think that it makes total sense. Before I elaborate further on what my perception about this quote is, I would first explain the context in which this quote was used.
“George Orwell 1984″ is a dystopian novel about Oceania. The country is ruled by the dictatorship of the party. Something like a communist country where everything is controlled by the government. In Oceania, the people are always being watched closely by the government also, the people are constantly being brainwashed by the leaders of the country. One of these brainwashing ways is the quote I chose. The government keeps reinforcing this idea in their head. That idea is “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery and Ignorance is Strength”.
By having wars, people would feel the pain. Friends, love ones and houses would all be destroyed. People would feel the lost the anguish that wars have brought them. As such, people would be less willing to have another war. People would start to re-build their live and family once more however this might not last. This is because, when people get happy or feel that they have not enough to satisfy their needs, they would then have wars again. As such, the vicious cycle would then start to repeat itself. People would feel the pain and once again start to be humble.
In the dictatorship country, Oceania, the government told the people this, “Freedom is slavery and Ignorance is Strength”, because the government did not want the people to find out the truth. The Government wants the people to live in a lie to think that their country and government is the best in the world.
Also in this book, the main character is Winston. He wants to live his own life he does not want to listen to the government’s every word. Thus, he is on a journey with some of the others to try and bring down the government and dictatorship. Will he be successful? or will he be caught? That is exactly what I am going to find out next!