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Honors Papers 2021-22

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Trudrung 1 Sadie Trudrung Sue Ellen Sims Rhetoric and Composition 2 14 December 2020 Power of the Party, Based on Faith Organized control and power come in many forms, but besides government, which is the widely accepted one, there's one other prominent form, and that's religion. Religions dictate quite a lot of lifestyle rules for their followers and continue to inject themselves into politics. Infallible, a word consistently used to describe the power of religions, does not apply to government, (or at least, it shouldn't) and most governments have checks and balances, and people, to call them out on failures. Religions do not. This concept is central in1984 by George Orwell, that is, that the Party is infallible. The Party is undefeatable, the Party is eternal. While the Party does masquerade as a government its true identity is as a religion. The Party's nationalism is the belief that the Party is infallible, that Big Brother is real, and therefore the Party is a religion. The party imposes its nationalism through religious language, imagery, and rules. Orwell uses language that frames the Party as an ideology rather than a political party. He emphasizes the importance of INGSOC over the people in power, showing O'Brien as self-aware, and simultaneously brain-washed rather than someone exempt for the purpose of governing. The Party is not a group of higher-ups controlling the general public, the Party is a thought process that the higher-ups have simultaneously created to stump the lower class for their benefit and fallen for themselves. The Inner Party believes in the Party just as fast as everyone else. "Meanwhile no Inner Party member wavers for an instant in his mystical belief

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