Useful words, their spellings and their meanings.
Some of these words have been filled in for you.
1. Look up and fill in the definitions of the words below.
2. For each of the words in this list, write a sentence that uses it correctly in relation to Orwell’s novel.
Orwell’s novel shows how all totalitarian systems tend toward the destruction of individual freedom.
Totalitarianism | Political system based on absolute power of a single party or dictator |
Orwell | The author (George) |
Orwellian | A situation such as Orwell would describe. The misuse of surveillance and power.Example: Students for an Orwellian Society is dedicated to promotion of the principles of Ingsoc. |
Dystopia / Dystopian | An extremely bad state; of deprivation or oppression
Opposite of paradise, worst possible world
Oceania is a dystopia
Dystopia and utopia are subjective |
Utopia / Utopian | A visionary system of social or political perfection
Utopia is an imagined perfect world where everyone is happy
Winston imagines his utopia in his dreams of the Golden Country |
(disavowal) | The power of holding two contradictory beliefs simultaneously and accepting both of them
Indoctrination | Teaching someone to accept beliefs uncritically ('brain-washing')‘2+2 = 5’ |
Propaganda | Information / disinformation spread for the purpose of promoting a cause |
Revisionism | A deviation or departure from the 'true' teaching of Marxism |
Oceania* | One of the three super-states; the one that Winston lives in |
Proletariat/Proles | Peasant or working class |
Newspeak* | The new restricted and rewritten English language - 'the only language in the world whose vocabulary gets smaller ever year' |
Unperson* | A person whose existence is ignored or even denied; erased |
Thoughtcrime | crimethink - To even consider any thought not in line with the principles of Ingsoc....