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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 to keep it that way. The method they use is keep*****g absolute control of everyone else through the almost daily changing of history and the suppression of individual memory.

An example ***** the daily ***** of history is ***** announcement of a false event that happened in the past. All records are immediately changed to show ***** it did happen; nowhere (except perhaps in the minds ***** ***** citizens) is there any evidence that the event never happened at all. Every record suddenly shows th***** ***** event did take place. The result is that people begin to m*****trust their own memories. They 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 ***** of ***** past, or when they have no mem*****y at *****: It ch*****ges the present ***** ***** future.

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

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

By keeping people afraid of speaking openly to others, and taking a***** the means to spread the seed of thought (which begins with imagination), the Party runs less of a risk of mutiny. ***** you ***** imagine, ***** if you're stuck with the increasingly narrow vocabulary *****owed in Newspeak, ***** unable to utter any words that ***** aga*****st the *****. "It's a beautiful thing, the destruction ***** words," says Symes. (46) And ***** the allowed words are only variations on the same theme, there is no vehicle for *****.

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

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