Winston introduces the theory behind the work he does at the Ministry of Truth.
The Party understands that by rewriting the events of the past and controlling the narrative of history, they can maintain their position of authority. While working at the Ministry of Truth, Winston invents the backstory of a fallen soldier to cover up the mention of a person who had been declared an unperson.
This moment shows both the cynicism Winston holds toward the work he does and also how thoroughly he has internalized Party ideology, because he is able to imagine the kind of person the Party would most approve of.
Winston realizes that due to the unreliability of individual memory, the influence of propaganda, and most of all the deaths of people who remembered life before the Revolution, the Party can succeed in exerting its control over the past. Winston purchases an antique paperweight from Mr. By doing so, he is skirting illegal behavior by owning something aesthetically pleasing and without a clear use.
He is also forming a connection to a world without the Party in it. If people had a set of standards and norms to hold the Party against, Orwell implies, its authority would collapse.
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Top 20 George Orwell Quotes (Author of 1984)
Quotes Manipulation of history. It was true that there was no such person as Comrade Ogilvy, but a few lines of print and a couple of faked photographs would soon bring him into existence.
He must be cut off from the past, just as he must be cut off from foreign countries, because it is necessary for him to believe that he is better off than his ancestors and that the average level of material comfort is constantly rising.
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