Oct. 11 – Reading Response – Power

In the midst of “reintegrating” Winston, O’Brian asks, “How does one man assert his power over another, Winston,” to which Winston responds, “By making him suffer.”

Critique or defend this statement in a mini-paragraph, using at least one quote from the book and one outside “real world” example.

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36 comments

  1. Evan

    No I do not believe that power is about controlling, other people and making them suffer. In the world now there are very many examples of leaders doing so . Power is given to you because of your leadership, the respect that the people give you because they trust that if you have power you will do the right things with it . Power is supposed to be an accessories that is given to you to help you lead but not to control, and make people uncomfortable. A leader who is trying to do this is Joseph Kony , he is apart of the LRA which stands for the Lords Resistance Army. Joseph Kony abuses his power and he goes around village to village taking young children making them into young soldiers and uses the girls as his sex slaves. He tortures the families which he has taken the young children from because they never return, so they either die , or they are killed trying to escape and try to leave the resistance army. I do not defend this type of power because it is used in the wrong way and hurts other people . “Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”

    This is a quote from the book and it says that power is tearing humans down , and breaking them mentally and physically in order to get what you want this is wrong .

    Evan Hargrove

    • JP Fagan

      I agree with what you saying! I particularly like the relation with Kony! I also agree with how you perceive power and how you have explained it. Your explanation helps give a point of view that not everyone would see eye to eye, I respect your opinion and the quote that you have chosen sums everything up, it relates with your response really well!

    • kristianavldaa

      I agree with you because one should not be tortured in order to speak the truth. I feel like a person should be able to speak the truth without being tortured or punished in such way. Joseph Kony is a great example of what you are relating to because abuses children in order for them to work for him. And he tortures families in order to get what he wants which is the children of the family. I feel like this type of punishment and torture is quite disturbing. Also the quote you used relates to what you are talking about because Joseph Kony actually tears the families down as well as the children and they are mentally and physically disturbed because he gets everything he wants in the end. This is a great defending statement towards what Winston is trying to say because it is not true at all!

  2. faarshad

    This answer tells us about George Orwell’s vision of a future totalitarian government that has evolved to its most terrifyingly efficient. In 1984, one organization, the Party, rules everything and everyone in Oceania and whoever do not follow the orders will be suffered.I think winston got this idea from the behaviour of party with people and therefore Winston says:Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.We see the exact dictators in our era like the leader of North Korea who uses his power to suffer the people.

    • fabyanblomme

      I agree with what you think about the party rules everyone, though I think that it would make your paragraph stronger by adding a little bit more about your real life situations about North Korea. Also have quotation marks and page number for your quote from the book. but all in all, well done.

  3. fabyanblomme

    I think that Winston is right because he didn’t specify on how the person would suffer. Having power over someone would be to know there weaknesses and what are held dear to them and us that against them. Not necessary physical pain. In the book O’Brien uses rats against Winston for that is Winston’s biggest fear. For other people it could be family being hurt, snakes, heights… just like in the show “fear factor” everyone has their own terror, they find their fear and uses it against them, and (in 1984) that horror is held in room 101. Winston asks O’Brien “what’s in room 101?” and he just answers dryly “Winston, everyone knows what’s in room 101”. p.260

  4. JP Fagan

    I don’t believe that power should be represented in that manner. There are other ways to gain respect. I believe that if you want respect, you have to give respect. The way that Orwell demonstrates power, is a way that a totalitarian government would run the country. Abusing people when they have disobeyed the law doesn’t make it right, it just makes them as bad as the criminal. There are other forms of discipline that can be implicated, such as manual labour. An example of a totalitarian government is Syria. The people of Syria are fighting for freedom of speech, but as in the book, once someone has something bad to say about the government or the Party, they are killed or banished. “Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.” This quote demonstrates how a government, with the power that they have, can tear the people’s minds apart and reconstruct them in the way that they want it to be.

  5. Omar

    The statement made by Winston makes sense to an extent, Yes, one could say that you have power over someone if you can make them suffer but the amount of power limits depending on the person in question. You could be interrogating someone and they would as soon as you start hurting them they would be willing to tell you anything just to make you stop, giving you a “power” over them but in the same situation you could have a person that has a much stronger will and would still “suffer” under certain forms of interrogation and still give you power over them physically but mentally the case could be completely different, you could want something from someone that they may not ever even conceive of believing genuinely unless you were to break their mental state to a point where they would conceive such a thing to be true but would be willing to tell you it’s the truth just to end their suffering. An example from 1984 is when O’brien is torturing Winston and Winston proceeds to write out 2+2= 5 using the dust on the table.

    • Mohannad Shaheen

      I agree with what you are saying since it is true that you have power over someone if you make them suffer, but in your hypothesis you stated that it depends on the person that is getting interrogated on how much power you have over them but when you went into detail in the two situations, the interrogators both have the same amount of power because they have the same amount of power over those two people. The spelling and grammar is good but on the second last line you put O’brien when it’s supposed to be O’Brien.

  6. Andre Cadiz

    I believe that having a person suffer or threatened by potential suffering is an effective way of establishing power. However, it is not always as negative as it sounds. For example, if there was no law and order (fear of being imprisoned) there would be absolute chaos in the world. This applies to many other situations such as if children in school were not disciplined for misbehaving they would not learn how to behave in an orderly manner or if employees could not be fired or suspended they could do as little work as they please without the fear of consequence. In the novel 1984, citizens of Oceania are threatened by various forms of law enforcement such as the ‘Thought Police’ to prevent any sort of rebellion against the country’s totalitarian government. The main character Winston, explains this when he decides to commit ‘thoughtcrime’ by writing in a journal. “Whether he went on with the diary, or whether he did not go on with it, made no difference. The Thought Police would get him just the same.”

    • Omar Hekal

      I agree with your hypothesis and i think that violence is always they best way to do things, also your spelling is pretty good well done on your ideas there are a few spelling mistakes but the way you used your quotes you synchronized greatly with your argument. also ere 🙂

    • Ali El-Shinawy

      i totally agree with every single idea mentioned in this paragraph, the author is trying to say that you don’t need to actually torture people so they can fear you, you can just make a reputation about you, and how you torture others and the other person will be scared. The author needs to clarify his ideas more and make the clearer,and re-organize structure.

    • Ali Ersan

      I agree that the most powerful way to assert power is through suffering, however I do not believe that it is the optimal or only way to assert power. I agree that power can be asserted through threats, and sometimes that is the right option. Interesting read, and good examples.

    • Evan

      I disagree with this comment because, making someone suffer and threatening then is not justified just because you have been given the ability and rule. This does not mean you can go as you please, and torture and possibly ends someone else’s life. To an extent you can give them some type of consequence but taking someone’s life is not your duty, because you don’t have that much power over someone that you dictate who lives and who dies. That’s why judges say to people when they are guilty for a crime. They are sentenced to a life sentence in prison. This does not take away their ability to live, because when it is there time to die they will die, due to old age or becoming ill. In Winston’s case he broke the law, if you really think about this law it is impractical with every decision made or whenever something is said to you , you have to think and process thoughts about what you want to say. So Andre you’re a very successful designer and an artist, think about every time your computer turns off or the power doesn’t work in your home and you have to re-design something multiple times. This gets frustrating and if you thought about how the power sucks in Dubai you could be possibly arrested and you would be in jail treated like Winston. Is this justified?

  7. Omar Hekal

    I do not think that winston is right because there are many kinds of leader, some are feared, some are loved, both;however, control the population each in their own way, im sure there are also more ways than two. i dont think that to force someone to do something you have to torture them, necessarily there are other ways such as talking him/her into it or getting them to join you. Big brother does not force the people that dont rebel to follow him he simply pushes them in a way that he can have control over the “norm” the area where it is normal to say” whats wrong with having a dictator, a totalitarian regime?” once this has happened to the population the dictator also known as big brother is safe. there are however people such as winston but those are minorities and are easy to rid of. many arab countries are good examples of this, to have a normal life living in a totalitarian country but when the “rebels” aren’t controlled and their thoughts are spread to the rest of the population the true colors of the dictatorship emerges which is violence so i guess violence in the end and ultimately is necessary to keep a regime.

    • Yaara Docrat

      You make a really good point Omar. I argued the opposite however you have made light of a situation in which some leaders retain power through love and celebration of their reign. I enjoyed how you tied in the real life situation within the Middle East. This makes your argument that much stronger. I think you should need to add quotes from the novel to support your argument further. Grammatically, you should use punctuation, capital letters, apostrophes. Without these aspects in writing, there is a lack of professionalism.

  8. Mohannad Shaheen

    I believe that making someone suffer is a one way of showing power to another person and is effective and is used by all countries around the world. Making someone suffer does not always mean it is bad because governments nowadays take the people who commit crimes and make them suffer by putting them in prison for a period of time in addition countries have reasonable laws (not like the ones from 1984) so the crimes committed by those people are actually a danger to society, but making people suffer can also be bad since some totalitarian leaders like Joseph Stalin who was the Premier of the Soviet Union could do anything he wanted and made families suffer by killing and torturing their loved ones just because they were against him which is similar to the novel because Winston is the person getting tortured due to him being against Big Brother but the only difference is that Winston did not get killed, they made him betray someone and they made him change the way he thinks by torturing him for example when O’Brien asks: “How many fingers, Winston?” (When he was holding four) Winston then replies: “Five! Five! Five!”.

    • marlettei

      In many countries to make someone suffer has been made an illegal act such as in the United States of America. Although torture may be effective it is something that is used less and because it is nonhuman like. It is true that the application of force works effectively as the pain, most of the time, over comes the decision to remain silent. Even though, making someone suffer can be very effective for the purpose of the people in charge of the crime scenes, in my opinion, it can never be considered to be ‘not always bad’. I oppose this point because to make someone suffer is against the human essence. Like pointed out in the analysis, to make someone suffer was used frequently and unnecessarily which got a lot of rejection by the people and has been viewed this way until today.
      The paragraph is clear and well-structured, the end of the paragraph specially. I liked how the quote tied up all the points you gave as it was a very good example.
      -Maria Prado

  9. kristianavldaa

    I personally do not agree with this statement because people should not be punished and tortured in such a way where they are forced to speak the truth. I believe that you should be able to speak the truth without being tortured and there are different ways to assert your power over another. I believe that you should be able to look up to the highest authority and that they should set a good impression. Also,in the novel the highest authority which is “The Big Brother” set many laws which include not being able to speak your thoughts and if you do speak your thoughts then you are severely punished. A real world example of this is the pakistani girl “Malala Yousafzai” who was shot because she believed in girls education and because she uncovered many of the Taliban’s atrocities.As part of her campaign for girls education she wrote an anonymous blog for the BBC about the chaos at the time, including the burning of girls’ schools. This girl spoke her thoughts and was shot for it. This directly relates to the book because the same thing happens to citizens who are under the highest authority. Orwell writes “ The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power.” This means the Taliban are only interested in their own power over people and not in doing anything decent or good.

  10. Maria Prado

    The party in the novel use force to get what they want out of the prisoners. Winston is one of the many prisoners who suffers due to the harsh treatment given. He has to suffer until he admits the complete truth, however, Winston is willing to resist the pain as he does not want to betray Julia although he knows that the pain could overcome his silence. Making the prisoners suffer is the only way they will talk, and Winston is well aware of this. The party believes that ”the aim of this was simply to humiliate him and destroy his power of arguing and reasoning” (241), something that certainty has been proven to work as we have been able to witness from the real world such as when a thief makes their victim suffer leaving them in a state of shock and pain leaving them with complete power over the situation.

    • Andre Cadiz

      This post regarding your opinion about ‘power’ are reinforced well by events and ideas from the novel 1984. By stating the ways in which The Party establishes itself as a higher power over Winston, the reader is able to better understand your opinion. However, your opinion regarding whether power is established through fear of suffering was not clearly defined, but was easy to understand while reading through the paragraph. Also, a real-world example was not included in the reply, which was one of the requirements in the assignment and would have fully completed the paragraph. A real-world example would have been much more relatable to the reader and would have better supported your opinion. Over all, the paragraph was well written but with a clearly defined opinion and real-world example it would have been even better.

  11. Eliza Boraiko

    “In the midst of ‘reintegrating’ Winston, O’Brian asks, ‘How does one man assert his power over another, Winston,’ to which Winston responds, ‘By making him suffer.’” I believe that this statement is correct to a limited extent. In some situations, people feel that it is necessary to involve suffering in order for one man to gain power over another. For example, today the Syrian government gains power and remains in control of the Syrian people by inflicting harsh punishments and suffering onto those who oppose the government or disagree with the ways of leader Bashar Al Assad. Likewise, in “1984”, Big Brother maintains power by inflicting fear upon the citizens and causing great suffering for those who rebel. “Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.” As demonstrated in the quote, the Party’s that were in control in “1984” felt the need to reconstruct the citizen’s minds in a dehumanizing way just to ensure conformity. This reconstruction of the mind inflicts mental and physical suffering onto the citizens of Oceania. However, in most situations it is not necessary for one man to impose suffering in exchange for power. For example, America is not run by a totalitarian government. America has a Democratic Government in which the population has an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. In addition, the Government does not maintain power by making the people suffer. This democratic government maintains power by ensuring a mutual respect between the population and those in power.

  12. Ziad El Tabbal

    Karl Marx once said “The only antidote to mental suffering is physical pain”, a quote that relates to the events that are occurring with Winston towards the end of “1984”. O’Brien has used pain and abuse to bring Winston down to an individual below the status of a vermin, an animal. When Winston sees his abused and famished body, O’Brien makes Winston believe that he has done it to himself “No Winston, you reduced yourself to it. This is what you accepted when you set yourself up against the party.” (O’Brien, 273). O’Brien wants to cleanse Winston’s mind and he uses the act of torture to make Winston believe he is wrong and insane, and is sure the torture will be the “antidote” to Winston mental state. In “1984” it is obvious that people fear suffering and torture and the “Ministry of Love”, which is dedicated to such things, is gives people the right mind to not do anything against the party. Like in China, government activists are often imprisoned, tortured and even killed if they are caught. Suffering, or pain, is often a reason in which people do not take part in illegal activities in the country they live in. Suffering is not only physical but also mental. Winston’s reply to O’Brien’s question regarding asserting power is often true. Leaders or powerful figures may not always describe the consequences of a crime in their nation personally, but rather through secret polices or even the ordinary police, which are trained to end illegal activities. People fear opposing the government, as they do not want to go through the mental or physical pain they may endure in an investigation or in a prison cell. Fear drives people to do the right thing.

    – Ziad El Tabbal

  13. Yaara Docrat

    I agree with Winston’s statement. One whom assumes power, is one who inflicts suffering. This suffering, may not be to the entire population, however, to a few individuals, which demonstrates the figureheads’ authority. This instills fear through propaganda thus establishing obedience. The New Oxford American Dictionary defines power as “the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events.” Relating this to the quote from 1984, we can relay this definition and apply it to power as infliction of pain or humiliation. In this form, power destroys minds to pieces and remolds them into new forms of opposing perspective. This then challenges the idea of Utopias. In 1984 the Party has grasped the minds of the entire population, destroyed any liberal views, and molded them into believing in the ultimate finality of the Big Brother’s power. “It will be a world of terror as much as a world of triumph. The more the Party is powerful, the less it will be tolerant: the weaker the opposition, the tighter the despotism.”

    • Eliza Boraiko

      After reading the comment above, I feel that I have a conflicting opinion. While in some cases it is necessary to inflict suffering in order to maintain power, in most cases it is not. The comment also states that Big Brother grasped the ‘entire population’ and molded their minds to believe in Big Brother’s power. However, this was only an attempt by Big Brother because there were many individuals who opposed the Party’s power and had their own opinions, thus subjecting them to the thought police. While punishments and suffering acted as a deterrent when people considered disobeying the law, this suffering was not necessary to inflict onto the people because power and respect could be gained in many other ways. This comment also defines the word power as ” the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behaviour of others or the course of events’, and behaviour can be influenced without severe punishments or suffering.

    • Andrew Hanna

      I do not agree with her statement because I believe that people should not be suffering not matter what. People that have the power abuse it in the book and this should not happen. But this was very well written and structured. The statement she agrees with is supported well by her ideas and quotes. Overall good response to the question.

    • zacbeardsley

      I like your response Yaara, although it would be common for someone to respond to a topic like these based on their own moral beliefs and in such a case bias their response based on what they believe to be “morally acceptable”, you got down to the base logic behind the idea itself and responded in a very intellectual stance.

  14. marlettei

    I don’t agree with what Winston said, you don’t get power by threatening the others without respect and mercy. But in the book we see that the Party does what Winston says, they make him suffer, “the aim of this was simply to humiliate him and destroy his power of arguing and reasoning”. The Party wants to gain some information from him, they torture him so they can have all the answers they want. Torture is one of the most known way men use to make another person suffers, it is all about showing people who is in control, to always want to have the power on them and to show who is superior than the others. We saw it in Libya, when Muammar Gaddafi slaughters his own civilians to always have power on them and the country. “I am an international leader, the dean of the Arab rulers, the king of kings of Africa and the imam of Muslims, and my international status does not allow me to descend to a lower level”, he said. He showed the world that he can have whatever (here we talk about the power) he wants just by making his own civilians suffer, but at the end, what did he gain? Nothing, but his own miserable death. Everyone has the time to be in control, but to get the respect and what you want from people; you need to respect them first.

  15. SiddhantRana

    The answer Winston replies with is a very straightforward one. He simply claims that a person can gain power over another by making him suffer. I agree with his statement only to a certain extent as I believe there are many more ways of how one can gain power. ‘Power’ is such that it can be obtainable by knowledge (outsmarting your opponent), creativity ( innovative minds that have the ability to do things differently and thinking outside the box), group power ( ones that come from a particular social group that bands together and behaves as one to attain group objectives) and finally forceful power. An example of a group power is present even in 1984 as Big Brother’s ruling Party holds total control over the majority of the people solely for the sake of themselves.
    It is obvious in 1984 how Big Brother had manipulated the inhabitants and forcefully created a dystopia for them. Just as Winston says, Big Brother is making the ‘people suffer’ and maintaining his power through this reason. For example, BB was able to suppress Winston by figuring out his weakness (rats). In the real world though, power can be gained in more ways, eg. by influential individuals such as Steve Jobs. Jobs was a genius as a manager and designer , who took technology invented by others and translated those technologies into commercial products ( eg inventing the mouse or the touch screen). People like him have had a great impact in our daily lives and thus holds a great power today and in the future.

    • Ali Ersan

      I appreciate the fact that your argument is balanced, and that you do not fully agree with Winstons opinions. I like the in depth analysis, and your real world examples were interesting. Overall interesting read, good work Siddhant.

  16. Ziad El Tabbal

    Ziad El Tabbal
    English 12
    Monday, October 15th, 2012
    In the midst of “reintegrating” Winston, O’Brian asks, “How does one man assert his power over another, Winston,” to which Winston responds, “By making him suffer.”
    Karl Marx once said “The only antidote to mental suffering is physical pain”, a quote that relates well to the events that are occurring with Winston towards the end of “1984”. O’Brien has used pain and abuse to bring Winston down to an individual below the status of a vermin, an animal. When Winston sees his abused and famished body, O’Brien makes Winston believe that he has done it to himself “No Winston, you reduced yourself to it. This is what you accepted when you set yourself up against the party.” (O’Brien, 273). O’Brien wants to cleanse Winston’s mind and he uses the act of torture to make Winston believe he is wrong and is insane, and is sure the torture will be the “antidote” to Winston mental state. In “1984” it is obvious that people fear suffering and torture and the “Ministry of Love”, which is dedicated to such things, is gives people the right mind to not do anything against the party. Like in China, government activists may often be imprisoned, tortured and even killed if they are caught. Suffering, or pain, is often a reason in which people do not take part in illegal activities in the country they live in. Suffering is not only physical but also mental. Winston’s reply to O’Brien’s question regarding asserting power is often true. Leaders or powerful figures may not always describe the consequences of a crime in their nation personally, but rather through secret polices or even the ordinary police, which are trained to end illegal activities. People fear opposing the government, as they do not want to go through the mental or physical pain they may endure in an investigation or in a prison cell. Fear drives people to do the right thing.

  17. Ali Ersan

    When O’Brian asks Winston; “How does one man assert his power over another, Winston?”, Winston can only reply negatively; “By making him suffer”, due to the circumstances of his imprisonment. Power can be defined as the ability to make things happen. Power is quintessentially the same in any shape or form, however, power differs in the way in which it is utilised. I do not agree with the statement that a man can only assert his power over another though suffering. I believe that there are endless ways in which power can be asserted, not limited to suffering. The view Winston expresses is overly negative and undoubetdly influenced by the nature of his imprisonment and the party; “Sometimes he was beaten till he could hardly stand, then flung like a sack of potatoes onto the stone hard floor of a cell, left to recuperate for a few hours, and then taken out and beaten again” (241), “He tried to squeeze out some childhood memory that should tell him whether London had always been quite like this.” (3). This view can be negated with a number of real life examples, such as the following scenario; A well respected and powerful man notices injustice in the form of a person being wrongly pressed to a decision, does he assert his power through suffering to stop this injustice? No, the man can speak his mind about the injustice he is viewing, and the reminder of his standing in the community can speak on his behalf. Another analogy can be constructed; A legal organisation involved in the dealings of workers rights notes that a local company is not treating its workers in a respectable or humane fashion, the organisation reminds the company that treating workers in this fashion is against the law. While it is true that it is somewhat to assert power through threats, such as can be seen in the previous example, this is not necessarily a negative thing. These threats can serve as a reminder and lead to no long term or short term suffering, only as a “wake up call” to the fact that actions have consequences and that individuals should respect this natural order. This poses the arguement that a “natural order” can be incorrect, or wrongly established. This statement is true in the scenario of a society controlled heavily by one party, such as the one in “1984”, however in a “fair” society, an ethical system of what is acceptable and unnacceptable can be constructed with the involvement of the indviduals in said society.

    • SiddhantRana

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts ali, i enjoyed reading your paragraph as it was very well written and structured out. I was pleased to see you include a variety of quotes from the novel. Your analogy was also clear and was related to the content. I also like your choice of diction and your wide range of vocabulary, keep it up man!

  18. Andrew Hanna

    I do not not believe that by making people suffer answers will come out of them. If people have power over other people they should not be taken advantage of. “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” This quote shows how the big brother party chooses to lead and how they believe that their freedom is being under surveillance all the time. Hitler lead the same way as the big brother party not giving any freedom, slavery, and making people suffer. People should have the freedom to do what they want to a certain extent and I believe that they should not be watched 24/7 by the government they should have their freedom to do things. People like Hitler and Big Brother do not give people a chance and cause their countries to be dark and sad. Where people are suffering all the time not only by being tortured but suffering cause they can not be in a relationship, think bad things or they will die, and can not make money.

  19. Jake Parsons

    Jake Parsons
    5/10/2012
    Response
    I think that a human being can be scared into doing what another person wants; this can be considered one form of power, a threatening one. Another form of power and being able to control people can be from kindness. If you prove yourself to someone and become friendly with them then they will do things out of kindness for you and therefore you would gain power over them. Making someone doing what you want shows that you have power over them. You can either get it by being nice to them or the opposite and scaring them into doing what you want, almost as if you were a bully. A real life event of this happening is North Korea. The leader scares his people into doing what he wants as he has power over them. An example from the book is Winston living in fear from the ‘thought police’. He is constantly scared because he has a diary and this is illegal during the time of Big brother.

  20. zacbeardsley

    The concept behind this idea is quite clear, through the use of suffering, one man can attempt to establish a sense of “power” over another and I understand the idea that comes across in this sense however I completely disagree with the morals associated with this topic of discussion. In the novel for example, Winston is dehumanized by O Brien in an attempt to recreate him in a model that the government sees as appropriate for their ideal society. In this case, the general population is brainwashed by the government to prevent common occurrences such as rebellion or uprisings and its understandable how this could be seen as an ideal means of asserting control over a specific group of people. One example of this is how Winston is mentally stripped of his humanity through a horrible process known as “dehumanization” in which he is put through multiple stages of physical and mental torture that range from shock induced torture to having his understanding of basic educational processes altered (with an example being told that O Brien holding up four fingers actually means he is holding up five). With this simple alteration of Winston’s mental understanding of basic concepts, his whole thought process in general can be thrown off balance, where even though it is just a simple change from four meaning five, such a small alteration could lead to black meaning white, anger meaning love and even murder being regarded as mercy. The government does this as a means of ensuring that people follow their every order and command in a mindless state where they are influenced so easily, that they wouldn’t even potentially be able to govern themselves if the opportunity arose for rebellion.

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