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ENGL 802 Winch/Spring 11 ESSAY II Length : Six full pages plus a works cited page in correct MLA format (consult your handbook). Due : In class March 16 General: Where is the violence in Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four ? Yes, Part III features the physical torture of Winston, but to what end? To get a confession? To inflict physical pain as a form of punishment? No. Violence in Nineteen Eighty-Four is primarily its existence as a continuous threat; it is psychological, and its aim is control through fear; the annihilation of individuality, and the systematic dehumanization of an entire society. It is through various forms of violence that The Party seeks to control the minds of its citizens in order to tighten its grip on power and control in perpetuity. This essay then asks you to formulate an argument around one of two specific aspects of violence in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four . This argument is to be constructed through your close reading of the primary text and developed by your judicious and insightful application of research materials from your carefully chosen outside sources. This essay is not just to focus on Nineteen Eighty-Four as a literary work; rather, by focusing on a specific presentation of violence in the novel as a starting point, your essay can then develop this analysis into an interdisciplinary examination of this idea in a broader social and cultural context. Option I : Psychological Violence as “Doublethink” In Part III, Winston is tortured as part of his “cure”; he is stripped of his individuality and humanity by internalizing The Party’s mechanism of “Doublethink.” In his description of the type of thinking which dominates the society of Nineteen Eighty-Four
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