Paradox Definition: an apparently contradictory statement that nonetheless expresses a true idea1984, Winston works for the Ministry of Truth; however, his job consists of changing the news to fit the changes of rations, people who have been executed for treason, and promises made by Big Brother that have never been followed through. Clearly, “truth” is subjective, and defined by the government. The paradox can also reveal the complexity of a problem for the characters that adds layers and depth to both the characters’ personalities and to the plot.
“O serpent heart hid with a flowering face!
Did ever dragon keep so fair a cave?
Beautiful tyrant! Fiend angelical!
Dove-feathered raven, wolvish-ravening lamb!”
“Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne’er succeed.”
“I must be cruel, only to be kind.”
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