one of the themes is that language is a powerful tool for determining how people view the world. How do the slogans introduced in part one illistrate this theme?

the slogans

- war is peace

- ignorance is strength

-freedom is slavery

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The three slogans of the Party are "WAR IS PEACE," "FREEDOM IS SLAVERY," "IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH." The Ministry of Truth is extensively involved with news media, entertainment, the fine arts and educational books. Its ultimate purpose is to rewrite history and change the facts to fit Party doctrine for propaganda effect. This rewriting not only includes the distant past, but the novel's present as well. If they make a mistake in their predictions, they simply rewrite things again.

The statement war is peace has a dual meaning. Historically, war meant fighting the opposition; in 1984 we are fighting against ourselves. The state of perpetual war is internal, psychologically controlling, non-destructive, and it tends to keep society intact. War brings people together....... therefore perpetual war in a society actually brings that society a permanent peace.

The slogan "Freedom is Slavery" acts in the same way. To see freedom in a positive light would create dissension within the populace. Far better that the populace be discouraged from finding out freedom's true meaning.

"Ignorance is strength" couldn't be a truer statement for the government. Encouraging the populace not to "think" allows the government to think for them.