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What are some examples of paradox in 1984?
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In an essay entitled “Politics and the English Language,” Orwell says much about the way the society of 1984 uses language. In that essay he also argues that our society now, as his then, has used it so loosely, not adhering to the true meaning of words but using them instead for political purposes or other purposes of persuasion, such as advertising. Because language is used to persuade and then eventually to lie, argues Orwell, it has become “decadent,” and the extreme form of this can be seen in the paradoxes the other responded has provided. To help you understand these, you might consider some of the way that language is used in our own political arena, such as when we are told “we must go to war to make peace.” The link below will lead you to Orwell’s essay. You might also look at some of the criticism eNotes provides on Orwell to answer your interesting question.
Posted by sagetrieb on August 19, 2007 at 9:08 PM (Answer #2)
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