Memory Hole In George Orwell

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Introduction
A central concept in George Orwell’s dystopian classic, 1984, was the memory hole; a censoring garbage chute in which all documents deemed unacceptable, inconvenient, or even embarrassing by Big Brother went down to be destroyed. Using the memory hole, the people in power were able to control the past, present, and future to create a history as they wished it to be. Although this novel was fictional, the reality of 1984 is not too far from our own. Orwell’s central quote of the novel was “Who controls the past, controls the future. Who controls the present, controls the past" (Zinn 89). The notable quote holds wisdom and a message of exercising caution when it comes to history. Dominant ideologies and widely-accepted views of history
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Consequently, they ‘control the future’, as they controlled the past; the future will always live and learn under colonialist beliefs.

Depiction of a False Hero
This depiction of a false hero, Christopher Columbus, has made an enormous impact on the Native people. The misled depiction not only erases the injustices done to the Native population but also glorifies the western concepts of ‘conquest’ and ‘discovery’. It simply allows America avoid taking any responsibility for what had happened to the Natives. Zinn explains this phenomenon as
“’The ‘patriotism’ that Chauncey Depew invoked in celebrating Columbus was profoundly tied to the notion of inferiority of conquered peoples. Columbus’ attacks on the Indians were justified by their status of sub-humans” (Zinn 94)
This is the classic “us vs them” mentality McNeill speaks out about, which is often exhibited in war or other acts of violence and hatred. This “notion of inferiority” was placed on enslaved Africans and the Jewish population during the Holocaust. A population of people inflate their own worth, and decrease the value of other groups in order to justify any acts of horror they wish to commit upon

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