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by George Orwell

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In 1984, what do these 3 slogans mean:  War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, and Ignorance is Strength?  

"War is peace" refers to the idea that by placing the nation in a constant state of war, individuals are motivated to ignore their discontent with their government, thus ensuring an unending domestic peace. "Freedom is slavery" refers to the fact that absolute freedom can easily lead to a life pursuing pleasure. "Ignorance is strength" can be understood as being similar to "ignorance is bliss." If one is not concerned with truth, one's existence assumes an unreflective contentment.

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This novel is constructed through paradox and contrasts. These three slogans of the Party reflect these aspects, in that the way the Party controls Oceania is actually the opposite of the propaganda it produces. Thus, according to the Party, "war is peace" means that they continually "fight" wars in order to keep peace at home. During times of war, nations generally unite. Of course, if the people are focused on a common enemy, they are much less inclined to notice how unhappy they are in their own lives. So they make less trouble for their government. "Freedom is slavery" can be thought of in...

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i personally think that the first phrase, "WAR IS PEACE", is very true in our real world. In many circumstances, war brings a country together and unites them. If there was no war, then people would not work together. For example, The Great Depression caused the whole of the USA to be isolation. World War II brought the whole country together and it ended the economic crisis in the USA and rest of the world. 

This is just an example of the first quote. Hope this is helpful.