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1984 Literary Devices
Transcript of 1984 Literary Devices
The use of vivid and descriptive language in order to appeal to human senses and create an in depth idea.
"She was a tall, statuesque, rather silent woman with slow movements and magnificent fair hair." (31)
"They were very good cigarettes, very thick and well-packed, with an unfamiliar silkiness in the paper." (181)
Definition: A literary device wherein the author depicts the occurance of specific events to the reader which have taken place before the present time followed by the narration.
Definition: A literary device that repeats the same words or phrases a few times to make an idea clearer.
A recurring element that has symbolic significance
When an object, animal or idea is given human form or human characteristics (emotional/physical).
"If the Party could thrust its hand into the past and say this or that event,
it never happened
-that surely, was more terrifying than mere torture and death?" (37)
Big Brother is a personification of the Party.
When two (or more) contrasting ideas/places/characters/actions are side by side to show a comparison
"BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU." (4)
"War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength." (18, 29)
"'Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past,' repeated Winston obediently." (260)
"Years ago--How long was it? Seven years it must be--he had dreamed that he was walking through a pitch-dark room. And someone sitting to one side of him had said as he passed: 'We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.' It was said very quietly, almost casually--a statement, not a command." (27)
"But at some time or another he had tasted chocolate like the piece she had given him. The first whiff of its scent had stirred up some memory which he could pin down, but which was powerful and troubling." (127-128)
"Instantly his face turned scarlet and the water ran out of his eyes. The stuff was like nitric acid, and moreover, in swallowing it one had the sensation of being hit on the back of the head with a rubber club" (7)
"The hallway smelt of boiled cabbage and old rag mats." (3)
"War is peace / freedom is slavery / ignorance is strength" (6)
"Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they they have rebelled they cannot become conscious."
"miniplenty" (ministry of plenty)
deals with economic shortages
"minipax" (ministry of peace) controls war
"minitrue" (ministry of truth)
lies and propaganda
miniluv (ministry of love)
torture and punishment