Doublethink and Manipulation: Psychological Tyranny in Orwell’s 1984

  • Muhammad Shadab Ilyas Anhui University China
Keywords: Totalitarianism, Manipulation, control, Doublethink, and, Psychological Tyranny


This academic paper explores the complex web of psychological manipulation orchestrated by Big Brother in George Orwell’s 1984, examining the profound impact on individuals' psychology. Drawing from a watchful analysis of the novel and of diverse scholarly articles on Orwell’s 1984, the theoretical framework integrates Hannah Arendt's "The Origins of Totalitarianism" and Dr. Robert Cialdini's "Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion." The primary objectives is to unknot the complex dimensions of Big Brother's influence, exploring how totalitarianism shapes belief systems, utilizing doublethink as a manipulative tool and how they successfully persuade psychology. The research investigates the shades of psychological persuasion and analyzes Big Brother's mechanism of control, authority, and obedience. Doublethink, Newspeak, telescreens, and pervasive surveillance acted as a tool to manipulate precisely the collective mindset of the dystopian society, shaping individual and collective consciousness. Show casing the complexities of mind control in Orwell's dystopian masterpiece.