1984 And The Past In George Orwell's Novel 1984

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Our history or our past is what defines our existence in the present. It decides what measures we should take to safeguard our future. Through history we identify with who we are, where we come from and what defines us as a person. Take our history away from us and we are left alienated and confined to a world that is meaningless. George Orwell 's novel 1984 is a 20th century political novel, that depicts a dystopian society built on a totalitarian ideology. In the novel, the lives of the people of Oceania is controlled and confined to a world based on the rules set out by the totalitarian government under the rule of the Big Brother. The history and the past is changed and altered in such a way that people do not even realize that the history has been changed. "Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past." These lines can make one draw conclusions about the understanding of the past in the novel. Here the "who" can be referred to as the Big Brother, who controls the present and hence works towards controlling the past and altering it in a manner best favorable to him. This again leads to the control over the future. In the novel, Winston, the male protagonist is the one to think about the past in such a way. Winston, a person who works for the Party under The Ministry of Truth, understands the nature of the ways the authoritarian government works. He wishes to
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