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 keeping absolute control of everyone else through the almost daily changing of history and the suppression of individual memory.

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

When ***** is repressed or changed ***** is ***** written memory of the existence of a democr*****tic society, for example. 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 to 20, and ***** announcement is made that people are celebrating because the ***** was ra*****ed to twenty, or when the target of the constant ***** is suddenly changed overnight, ***** individual comes to understand that he can't trust his own memory; therefore he must trust what ***** is ********** by the Party.

***** an ********** past and ***** 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 can*****t create, at least in your own mind, a better world or different way of being. And if you cannot create it in ***** own *****, you ***** speak ***** to o*****rs. Suppressing an individual's past also leads to con*****mity: "A nation of warriors 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 others, and taking away the means ***** spread the seed of thought (which begins with imagi*****), the Party runs less of a risk of mutiny. ***** you can't imagine, ***** ***** you're stuck with the increasingly narrow vocabulary *****owed in Newspeak, you're unable to utter any words that ***** aga*****st the Party. "It's a be*****utiful thing, the destruction ***** words," says Symes. (46) And ***** the allowed ***** are only variations on the ***** theme, there is no vehicle for imagination.

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

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