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 const*****nt war. And they want ***** 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 ***** the daily changing of history is the announcement of a false event that happened in ***** 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 that the event ***** take place. The result is ***** people begin to m*****trust their own memories. They come to believe everything they're told because, after all, it's in writing. Manipulation can, and does, run rampant when people don't have an accurate memory of their *****, or ***** they have no ***** at all: It ch*****ges the present and ***** future.

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

***** an individual'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 comparison. If you have no imagination 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 create it in your own *****, you can't speak ***** to others. Suppressing an ***** past also leads to con*****mity: "A nation of warri*****s and 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. ***** you ***** *****ne, and ***** you're stuck with the increasingly narrow vocabulary *****owed in Newspeak, you're unable to utter any words ***** are aga*****st the *****. "It's a be*****utiful thing, the destruction ***** words," says Symes. (46) And when the allowed ***** are only variations on ***** ***** theme, there is no vehicle for imaginati*****.

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

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