2 + 2 = 5 ? (1984, George Orwell)?
So after reading 1984, I still don't get the real meaning behind 2+2=5. I only understood that in a society such as his, the true and the false are determined by the party, but in our world, does it make any sense?
- AndrewLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
George uses the theory of metaphysics in his book. The universe and our world exists only in our minds. If the Party has control over the minds of Party members, then they control the world and what a person perceives as the truth. Therefore, if the Party says that 2 +2 = 5, then it does, as long as the Party maintains complete mind control over its people. It's all in there, in one of O'Brien's many talks with Winston.
- LorraineLv 44 years ago
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The phrase "two plus two equals five" ("2 + 2 = 5") is a slogan used in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four as an example of an obviously false dogma one must believe, similar to other obviously false slogans by the Party in the novel. Real world comment: Actually, depending on the representation of the number, 2 + 2 may be evaluated as anywhere from 3 to 5 (inclusive), as well as "22". The + operator is a concatenation operator in some programming languages (resulting in "22", if "2" is a string and "2" is a string), and a rounding error for fractions may evaluate that 1.6 + 1.6 = 3.2, but 1.6 is approximately 2 - leading to 2 + 2 = 3, and similarly for 2.4 + 2.4 = 4.8, or 2 + 2 = 5.
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- 1 decade ago
but that is the real meaning. "Freedom is the freedom to say that 2 + 2 = 4. If that is granted, all else follows." basically he is saying that as long as the party has the power to control the truth, they will never be free. once people have the freedom to know the truth as they see it, to say that 2 + 2 = 4 instead of 2 + 2 = 5, then other freedoms will follow