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

An example ***** ***** daily ***** of history is the announcement of a false event that happened in ***** past. All records are immediately changed to show that ***** did happen; nowhere (except perhaps in the minds ***** ***** citizens) is there any evidence ***** the event never happened at all. Every record suddenly shows that the event ***** take place. The result is that 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 people don't have an accurate ***** of ***** *****, or ***** they have no mem*****y at *****: It changes the present ***** ***** future.

When ***** is repressed or changed there is ***** written memory of the existence 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 ***** 20, and the announcement is made that people are celebrating ***** the ***** was ra*****ed to twenty, or when the target of the constant ***** is ***** ***** overnight, the individual *****s to understand that he ***** trust his own memory; therefore he must trust what he is told by t***** Par*****y.

Suppressing an individual's past and ***** memory also suppresses his imagination. If you have no past, and if information changes on a daily basis, you have no frame of reference for comparis*****. If ***** have no imagination and no frame ***** reference, you cannot create, at least in your own mind, a better world or different ***** of being. And if you cannot create it in your own mind, you can't speak ***** to others. Suppressing an individual's past also leads to conf*****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 *****, and taking away the means to spread the seed of thought (which begins with *****), the Party runs less of a risk of mutiny. ***** you ***** imagine, and if you're stuck with the increasingly narrow vocabulary *****owed in Newspeak, ***** unable to utter any words ***** are aga*****st the *****. "*****'s a be*****utiful thing, the destruction ***** words," says Symes. (46) And ***** the allowed words are only variations on ***** same theme, there is no vehicle for imagi*****.

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

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