Essay - In the Novel 1984 by George Orwell, the Inner Party...


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

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

***** an *****'s past and ***** memory also suppresses his imagination. If you have no past, ***** if information changes on a daily basis, ***** have no frame of reference for comparis*****. If you have ***** ***** 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 ***** it in ***** own mind, you ***** speak it to others. Suppressing an individual's past also leads to con*****mity: "A nation of warriors *****d fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting ***** same slogans...." (77)

By keeping people afraid of speaking openly to others, and taking a***** the means ***** spread the seed of thought (which begins with imagi*****), the Party *****s less of a risk of mutiny. ***** you c*****n't imagine, ***** if you're stuck with the increasingly narrow vocabulary allowed in Newspeak, ***** unable to utter any words that are aga*****st the Party. "*****'s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words," says Symes. (46) And ***** the allowed words are only variations on ***** same theme, there is no vehicle for imaginati*****.

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

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