Rhetorical Devices Used In 1984

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The book 1984 is written by George Orwell and was published in 1949 as a prediction of what would happen if Britain was run by totalitarian government. Specifically, the SparkNote’s 1984: Themes, Motifs, & Symbols, “1984 is a political novel written with the purpose of warning readers in the West of the dangers of totalitarian government.” Signifies the point. The story of this book is one man, Winston, against the whole government. Winston is rebelling against the party on his own and trying to survive. Then he meets Julia, fellow co-worker, who is also against the party. This book is filled with symbols, allusions, imagery and other important rhetorical devices. Among these important rhetorical devices are symbols and irony. George Orwell…show more content…
The wars in 1984 are known to happen quite often. In 1984, Winston states, “At this moment, for example, in 1984 (if it was 1984), Oceania was at war with Eurasia and in alliance with Eastasia. In no public or private utterance was it ever admitted that the three powers had any time been grouped along different lines. Actually, as Winston well knew, it was only four years since Oceania had been at war with Eastasia and in alliance with Eurasia. (Orwell, 36) Also, “‘Steamer!’ he yelled. ‘Look out, guv’nor! Bang over’ead! Lay down quick!’” (Orwell, 87) describes the critical state of how the citizens can live like this (The steamer in the 2nd quote means bomb). This is ironic because if in this society, if a war broke out, it would be the government and the officials who would pay the price, but in 1984, it is the citizens that are paying the price. It is also symbolic because it proves how effectively the government have manipulated the citizens. Even with the bombs dropping, the citizens know that they have no power and do not even make an effort to complain. Also, Jones, Aaronson, and Rutherford were leaders of the Revolution are both symbolic and Ironic because they act as a last hope against Big Brother and they were once leaders, but became total opposite, which is an
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