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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 ***** 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 ***** of history is the 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 *****at people begin to m*****trust their own memories. *****y come to believe everything they're told because, after all, it's in writ*****g. Manipulation can, and does, run rampant when people don't have an accurate memory of ***** past, or when they have no memory at all: It changes the present ***** ***** future.

When history is repressed or changed there is no written memory of the ex*****tence of a democr*****ic society, for example. People ***** 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 ***** announcement is made that people are celebrating ***** the ***** was raised to twenty, or when the target of the constant ***** is ***** changed overnight, the individual comes to understand that he ***** trust his own memory; therefore he must trust what he is ********** by t***** 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, you have no frame of reference for comparis*****. If ***** have ***** imagination and no frame of reference, you cannot create, at least in your own mind, a better world or different way ***** being. And if you cannot create it in your own *****, you can't speak it to others. Suppressing an ***** past also leads to con*****mity: "A nation of warriors *****d fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans...." (77)

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

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

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