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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 constant war. And they want ***** keep it that way. The method they use is keeping absolute control of everyone else through the almost daily changing of history and the suppression of individual memory.

An example of ***** daily changing of history is the announcement of a false event that happened in the past. All records are immediately changed to show that ***** 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***** the event did take place. The result is that people begin ***** m*****trust 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 ***** of ***** *****, or when they have no mem*****y at all: It ch*****ges the present ***** ***** future.

When history is repressed or changed ***** is ***** written memory of the existence ***** a democr*****tic society, for example. People who don't remember it can't begin to think about (and want) liberties and freedoms. Or when the chocolate ration is reduced from 30 to 20, and the announcement is made that people are celebrating because the ration was raised to twenty, or when the target of the constant war is ***** ***** overnight, the individual *****s 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, ***** have no frame of reference for comparis*****. If you have no imagination and no frame of reference, you can*****t create, at least in your own mind, a better world or different way of being. And if you cannot create it in ***** own *****, you can't speak it to others. Suppressing an individual's past also leads to conf*****m*****y: "A nation of ********** *****d 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 me*****ns ***** spread the seed of thought (which begins with *****), the Party runs less of a risk of mutiny. ***** you c*****n't imagine, and ***** you're stuck with the increasingly narrow vocabulary *****owed in Newspeak, ***** unable to utter any words ***** ***** aga*****st the Party. "It's a be*****utiful thing, the destruction of words," says Symes. (46) And ***** the allowed ***** are only variations on the ***** theme, there is no vehicle for imagination.

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

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