"Brain Washing" This is a free form paper talking about brain washing and George Orwell's novel "1984."

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George Orwell wrote 1984 in a time of growing technology, and as he saw it, growing governmental power. Orwell predicted that the government was going to use, and perhaps had already begun, to use brainwashing techniques, to control populations. Orwell wrote 1984, filling it with methods of brainwashing. Modernly, Dick Stuphen, an expert, wrote a great deal about brainwashing in his The Battle for Your Mind. In it Stuphen writes about three distinct mental phases to brainwashing. They are the equivalent, paradoxical, and ultra-paradoxical. He goes on to describe the steps of brainwashing. Orwell and Stuphen both mention the strategies of working of the, "emotions of the individual or group until they reach an abnormal level of anger, fear, excitement, or nervous tension." (The Battle for Your Mind). These tactics are evident in Orwell's 1984 during the three minutes hate and hate week. In addition Stuphen claimed that "fasting...physical discomforts...disclosure

of awesome mysteries...(&) electric shock..." (The Battle for Your Mind are also other methods used in brainwashing. These procedures are used in Orwell's 1984 in the life of the comrades and the information they are allowed to have and the methods of doublethink. Also Winston endures electric shock after being captured by the Thought Police. Furthermore, Stuphen wrote about the power of suggestion and how the brainwasher can sometimes make the person being brainwashed seeing whatever is suggested. Orwell shows this concept when O'Brien asks Winston how many fingers he is holding up. Winston sees three fingers, but O'Brien insists there are four until Winston sees four. Consequently, Stuphen also mentions the introduction of new terms and or language and the lack of humor. Orwell has both of these methods. One is newspeak. The developing language of Oceania, the "country" where Winston lives. Secondly Orwell created the world of...