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 ***** 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 ***** announcement of a false event that happened in the past. All records are immediately changed to show that 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 mistrust their own memories. *****y come ***** believe everything they're told because, after all, it's in writ*****g. Manipulation can, and does, run rampant when ***** don't have an accurate memory of their past, or when they have no ***** at *****: It ch*****ges the present ***** the future.

When history is repressed or changed ***** is no written memory of the ex*****tence ***** a democratic society, for *****. 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 ***** 20, ***** 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 *****ld by t***** Par*****y.

Suppressing an *****'s past and his memory also suppresses his imagination. If you have no past, and if information changes on a daily basis, you have ***** frame of reference for comparison. If you have no ***** and no frame ***** reference, you can*****t create, at least in *****r own mind, a better world or different ***** of being. And if you cannot ***** it in your own *****, you ***** speak ***** to others. Suppressing an individual's past also leads to con*****mity: "A nation of *****riors and fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the 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 *****s less of a risk of mutiny. If you c*****n't imagine, ***** 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 ***** words," says Symes. (46) And ***** the allowed ***** are only variations on ***** ***** theme, there is no vehicle for imagination.

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

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