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Transcript of 1984 -Euphemism
George Orwell What is a Euphemism? Euphemisms in 1984 noun: The substitution of an agreeable or inoffensive expression for one that may offend or suggest something unpleasant
Merriam-Webster Dictionary Throughout the novel George Orwell uses newspeak words or words developed by the Party to express rather harsh or violent acts, incriminating acts, and to express titles of those who stand lower than others. Substituting killed, murdered,
and abolished with vaporized Substituting Upper class, Middle Class, and Lower Class with Inner Party, The Party, and the Proles "The aim of the High is to remain where they are. The aim of the Middle is to change places with the High. The aim of the Low, when they have an aim-for it is an abiding characteristic of the Low that they are too much crushed by drudgery to be more than intermittently conscious of anything outside their daily lives-is to abolish all distinctions and create a society in which all men shall be equal." (Orwell 201)
Inner Party= The High, The Party= The Middle, and The Proles= Lower Class Substituting Sex with "Our duty to the Party" "In the vast majority of cases there was no trial, no report of the arrest. People simply disappeared, always during the night. Your name was removed from the registers, every record of everything you had ever done was wiped out, your one-time existence was denied and then forgotten. You were abolished, annihilated: vaporized was the usual word." (Orwell 19) The High, the Middle, and the Low "They must, she said, prodce a child if they could. So the performance continued to happen once a week quite regularly, whenever it was not impossible. She used to even remind him of it in the morning, as something which had to be done that evening and which must not be forgotten. She had two names for it. One was "making a baby," and the other was "our duty to the party" (Orwell 67). Murder: Vaporize ^^This deffinition used euphemisms