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In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, ***** Inner Party, those who are in charge, live very well, thanks to the fruits of a const*****nt war. And they want ***** keep it that way. The method ***** use is keeping absolute control of everyone else through the almost daily changing of history and the suppression of individual memory.

An example ***** ***** daily ***** of history is the announcement of a false event that happened in ***** past. All records are immediately changed to show that it did happen; nowhere (except perhaps in the minds ***** ***** citizens) is there any evidence ***** the event never happened at all. Every record suddenly shows th***** the event ***** take place. The result is that people begin ***** mistrust their own memories. *****y come to believe everything they're told because, after all, it's in writing. Manipulation can, and does, run rampant when ***** don't have an accurate memory of their *****, or when they have no memory at *****: It changes the present and the future.

When history is repressed or changed there is no written memory of the existence of a democr*****tic society, for *****. People who don't remember it can't begin to think about (***** want) liberties and freedoms. Or when the chocolate ration is reduced from 30 to 20, ***** ***** announcement is made that people are celebrating ***** the ration was ra*****ed to twenty, or when the target of the constant war is ***** changed overnight, ***** individual comes to understand that he ***** trust his own memory; therefore he must trust what ***** is told by the Party.

***** an individual's past and ***** memory also suppresses his imagination. If you have no past, and if information changes on a daily basis, you have ***** frame of reference for comparis*****. If you have no ***** and no frame ***** reference, you can*****t create, at least in *****r own mind, a better world or different ***** of being. And if you cannot create it in your own mind, you can't speak ***** to o*****rs. Suppressing an ***** past also leads to conf*****mity: "A nation of *************** *****d fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting ***** same slogans...." (77)

By ***** people afraid of speaking openly to others, and taking away the means to spread the seed of thought (which begins with imagi*****), the Party runs less of a risk of mutiny. ***** you ***** im*****gine, and if you're stuck with the increasingly narrow vocabulary allowed in Newspeak, ***** unable to utter any words ***** are against the Party. "It's a be*****utiful thing, the destruction of words," says Symes. (46) And when the allowed ***** are only variations on ***** ***** theme, there is no vehicle for imaginati*****.

But the biggest reason for the ***** *****ing ***** control imagination is because ***** imagination comes emotion... and with ***** can come actions. By suppressing imagination (which includes *****, ***** had lead to emotion) the

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