With Party. Syme believes that “the destruction of words”

With regards to achieving more substantial control of a
person, Orwell demonstrates the ways in which the Party was able to acquire
access to the minds and the thought process of people in Oceania. The first aspect of mind control is the control of thoughts. The
Party controls and restricts people’s ability to think whatever they want to
think, by enforcing strict rules concerning what one is allowed to think.
Thought crime is one of the many ways an individual in Oceania can commit treason
– it is thinking of anything that the Party considers illegal, which is
subsequently anything that opens a door to creating individuality. Winston is
aware that “thought crime does not entail death: thought crime IS death”,
however he does not seem to care as he is constantly committing thoughtcrime
throughout the entire novel (Orwell 36). This further indicates that he is
experiencing “doublethink”, which is one of the consequences of the Party’s
massive propaganda campaigns. It is one’s ability to accept the information
that the Party is feeding them and, simultaneously possessing a different set
of information that contradicts what one is being told.

            Fundamentally, language is the origin of thoughts and it
is the basis of everyone’s thought process. Controlling the language is a way
of controlling people’s thoughts as it narrows their vocabulary range, and as a
result “narrowing the range of thought” (Orwell 98). In 1984, the language that is predominantly used is Newspeak, which
consists of fewer words with rigid meanings. In chapter five, the readers are
introduced to Syme, who worked in the Research Department and was a specialist
in Newspeak. Orwell presents Syme as a character who is clearly loyal to Big
Brother and was brainwashed by the Party. Syme believes that “the destruction
of words” is “a beautiful thing” and that it is something that the society will
benefit from (Orwell 67). Newspeak was created to remove even the slightest
possibility of rebellious thoughts – the words that produce an opportunity of
such thoughts have been completely eliminated from the vocabulary. George
Orwell believed that the corruption of language and totalitarianism are linked
and according to him, “if
thought corrupts language, language can also corrupts thought”, thus leading to
the idea of Newspeak (Politics and the English Language).

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            Equally important is the paranoia that is instilled in
people as a way of keeping them in check and from breaking the rules. Orwell
introduces first indicator of the constant monitoring in Oceania is the poster
that Winston sees. “It was one of those pictures which are so contrived that
the eyes follow you about when you move. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the
caption beneath it ran.” An example of Winston’s paranoia could be when he
first encounters Julia and automatically assumes that she is a spy for the
Thought Police and she is now on her way to report him to them. When he was
sure it was the same girl he had seen a couple of days ago in one of the
buildings, “there was no doubting any longer that the girl was spying on him”
(Orwell 130). He thought “it was too great a coincidence. Whether she was an
agent of the Thought Police, or simply an amateur spy…, hardy mattered.” (Orwell
130). Furthermore, the feeling of paranoia is placed in people through the use
of technology and how it is embedded in the citizens’ everyday life. Throughout
the novel Orwell shows that Winston lives in fear of the telescreens
surrounding him, and ultimately he is not wrong in being afraid, as the
telescreen in his and Julia’s hideout was the entire reason for them getting
caught. Even at the beginning of the novel it was revealed that “the telescreen
received and transmitted simultaneously” and that “there was of course no way
of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment”, which mad any
action that was even slightly out of the Party’s approval was a huge risk and
could put one’s entire life in jeopardy.

             Furthermore, another element to
consider would be how the Party controls people’s emotions and how that creates
a social incompetence in the society. Love an emotion that the
population of Oceania are not familiar with. It is evident that the people
there are restricted from having any sort of relationships involving romance or
any other kind of emotions, “there will be no love, except the love of Big
Brother” (Orwell 349). Although marriage is tolerated by the Party, it is
merely seen as a formality. The Party does not want partners in a marriage to
have any real emotional attachments towards each other, because that kind of
devotion poses a risk to the Party’s Power. The people are devoted to the
Party, and the Party only. Winston himself had d not experienced love or having
an intimate relationship, however he was as mentioned earlier, married to his
former wife Kathrine, who was a pawn for the Party just like everybody else.
Winston said “that she had without exception the most stupid, vulgar, empty
mind that he had ever encountered” (Orwell 86). More…