In 1984, what are the four ministries and their purpose?

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mstultz72 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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  1. Miniluv: Ministry of Love (law and order)
  2. Minipax: Ministry of Peace (war)
  3. Miniplenty: Ministry of Plenty (rationing)
  4. Minitrue: Ministry of Truth (propaganda)

Each of the ministries does just the opposite of what it says, like the Ministry of Defense in the U.S. (it's really the Ministry of War).

The Ministry of Love tortures political prisoners.

The Ministry of Peace wages war.

The Ministry of Plenty controls and rations the food supply to keep people near starvation.

The Ministry of Truth (where Winston works) spreads lies (propaganda), and it censors all print media, revises history, and truncates the language with each edition of the Newspeak dictionary.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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All of the ministries have very ironic names.

The Ministry of Truth is where Winston Smith works.  Their role is to change the past and to spread lies.  They are putting out what the Party says is true, but not what really is true.

The Ministry of Truth conducts wars.

The Ministry of Love is in charge of the police.  This includes things like the Thought Police.  As we see in the book, the police are brutal.

The Ministry of Plenty takes care of economic affairs.  This is an ironic name because pretty much everyone is poor.

Here is a video summarizing the novel:

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Ministry of Truth




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