Analysis Of The Book ' 1984 ' Essay examples

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In 1984, Winston endlessly ponders the meaning of life, history, power and each one’s relation to the other. He lived in a totalitarian government that watches his every move and literally rewrites history. We can imagine how that might lead a curious guy like Winston to question the very meaning of life. The book is full of existential ponderings and bold philosophical proclamations.
According to Ingsoc, the Party’s ideology, reality exists only in the mind of the individual. Reality exists in the human mind. Existence is what we think it is. We can reduce it to what we think. Like what Professor Rasmussen said previously, “If my Grandma passed away and there were no records or belongings of her, and only I remember her. Does she really exist?” She exists in his mind, but not anyone else’s. If the past only exists in our mind did it really happen?
“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” This Party slogan appears twice in the novel, once in Book One, Chapter III, when Winston is thinking about the Party’s control of history and memory, and once in Book Three, Chapter II, when Winston, now a prisoner in the Ministry of Love, talks to O’Brien about the nature of the past. The slogan is an important example of the Party’s technique of using false history to break down the psychological independence of its subjects. Control of the past ensures control of the future, because the past can be treated essentially as a set of…

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