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In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, the Inner Party, those who are in charge, live very well, thanks to the fruits of a const*****nt 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 ***** the daily changing of ***** is ***** announcement of a false event that happened in the past. All records are immediately changed to show ***** it did happen; nowhere (except perhaps ***** the minds of ***** 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. *****y come ***** believe everything they're told beca*****, after all, it's in writing. Manipulation can, and does, run rampant when people don't have an accurate ***** ***** their *****, or when they have no memory at all: It changes the present ***** the future.

When history is repressed or changed there is ***** written memory of the ex*****tence of a democr*****tic society, for *****. 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, ***** ***** announcement is made that people are celebrating because the ration was raised to twenty, or when the target of the constant ***** is ***** ***** overnight, the individual comes to understand that he can't trust his own memory; therefore he must trust what ***** is told by the Party.

Suppressing an *****'s past and ***** memory also suppresses his imagination. If you have no past, ***** if information changes on a daily basis, you have ***** frame of reference for comparis*****. If ***** have no imagination and no frame ***** reference, you can*****t create, at least in ********** own mind, a better world or different ***** of being. And if you cannot create it in your own *****, you ***** speak ***** to o*****rs. 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 ***** people afraid of speaking openly to others, and taking away the means to 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 allowed in Newspeak, you're unable to utter any words ***** are aga*****st the Party. "It's a be*****utiful thing, the destruction of words," says Symes. (46) And when the allowed ***** are only variations on ***** ***** theme, there is no vehicle for imagination.

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

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