Pig iron is crude, raw iron in its ingot form. It is the product of smelting iron ore with coke, a fuel produced from coal, in a blast furnace. Orwell uses the production of pig iron to show the state of society in 1984. Concern over how much pig iron is being produced should not be high when there are other more valuable and more important metals to produce. This shows that the Party has its priorities in mass, low quality productions rather than fewer, high quality productions.
Works Cited: "pig iron." The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. Answers.com 29 Mar. 2009. http://www.answers.com/topic/pig-iron