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 the fruits of a const*****nt war. And they want to keep it that way. The method ***** use is keeping absolute control of everyone else through the almost daily changing of history and the suppression of individual memory.

An example of ***** daily ***** of ***** 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 of ***** citizens) is there any evidence that the event never happened at all. Every record suddenly shows that ***** event ***** take place. The result is ***** people begin ***** m*****trust their own memories. *****y come to believe everything they're told because, after all, it's in writing. Manipulation can, and does, run rampant when ***** don't have an accurate memory of their *****, or when they have no ***** at *****: It changes the present and the future.

When hist*****y is repressed or changed there is ***** written memory of the ex*****tence ***** a democratic society, for *****. People who ***** 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 ***** the ***** was raised to twenty, or when the target of the constant ***** is ***** ***** overnight, ***** individual *****s to understand ***** he can't trust his own memory; therefore he must trust what ***** is told by the *****.

Suppressing an *****'s past and his 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 ***** imagination and no frame of reference, you can*****t create, at least in your own mind, a better world or different ***** ***** being. And if you cannot ***** it in ***** own mind, you ***** speak it to others. Suppressing an individual's past also leads to con*****m*****y: "A nation of warri*****s and fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans...." (77)

By ***** people afraid of speaking openly to others, and taking away the means ***** spread the seed of thought (which begins with imagination), the Party *****s less of a risk of mutiny. If you can't imagine, ***** ***** you're stuck with the increasingly narrow vocabulary *****owed in Newspeak, ***** unable to utter any words that ***** against the Party. "*****'s a be*****utiful thing, the destruction ***** words," says Symes. (46) And when the allowed words are only variations on the ***** theme, there is no vehicle for *****.

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

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