Why do individuals chose to be ignorant in the novel 1984? Please provide examples.

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In George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984, it can be argued that the citizens of Oceania do not choose to be ignorant, but rather are manipulated into complicity by the INGSOC Party's propaganda machine.

For example, in the first chapter of the book, we are introduced to the official slogan of the Party:

WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.

Upon first glance, all three of these phrases appear to be contradictory. How can one argue that war is peace, or that freedom results in slavery? Ultimately, it is the third statement—"IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH"—that proves vital for Oceania's...

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