When individuals are experiencing injustice in an oppressive world, they can react with ignorance. What are examples of ignorance in the novel 1984? Provide quotes from the book.
In Orwell's classic novel 1984, Winston Smith lives in the dystopian, totalitarian nation of Oceania, where the government controls virtually every aspect of society and severely restricts personal freedoms. In order to control and oppress the population, the Party relies on various methods of manipulation, fear, and intimidation. In addition to cultivating a hysterical, oppressive environment, the government also relies upon citizens' ignorance to remain in power. One of the Party's three slogans is IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH, which alludes to the important practice of doublethink. By utilizing doublethink, Party members can believe two contradicting ideas simultaneously and remain purposely ignorant to the truth. Winston contemplates an example of widespread ignorance when Orwell writes,
The Party said that Oceania had never been in alliance with...
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