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


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

An example of 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 ***** the citizens) is there any evidence that the event never happened at all. Every record suddenly shows that the event ***** take place. The result is ***** people begin ***** mistrust their own memories. *****y come to believe everything they're told beca*****, after all, it's in writ*****g. Manipulation can, and does, run rampant when ***** don't have an accurate memory of ***** past, or when they have no ***** at *****: It ch*****ges the present and ***** future.

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

***** an *****'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 comparison. If you have no ***** and no frame ***** reference, you cannot create, at least in ********** own mind, a better world or different ***** of being. And if you cannot create it in your own mind, you ***** speak it to others. Suppressing an individual's past also leads to conformity: "A nation of ********** *****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 *****, and taking away the means to spread the seed of thought (which begins with imagi*****), the Party runs less of a risk of mutiny. If you can't *****ne, ***** if you're stuck with the increasingly narrow vocabulary allowed in Newspeak, ***** unable to utter any words that ***** against the *****. "*****'s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words," says Symes. (46) And when the allowed words are only variations on ***** ***** theme, there is no vehicle for imaginati*****.

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

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