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1984: Memory Hole

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Sam Lieberman

on 4 October 2012

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Transcript of 1984: Memory Hole

1984: Memory Hole A small chute in the wall used to carry documents to a large incinerator, in order to censor information and or remnants of the past. Definition: "He tried to remember in what year he had first heard the mention of Big Brother. He thought it must have been at some time in the Sixties... there was no knowing how much of this legend was true and how much invented... It was not true, for example, as was exclaimed in the Party history books, that the Party invented airplanes... But you could prove nothing. There was never any evidence" (Orwell 33). Quotes from 1984 In modern parlance, a memory hole is any means for eliminating inconvenient historical records. Modern Day Memory Holes 1) Winston agrees with the Party's theory that to control the past is to control the future. Do you agree?
2) Why does the Party force its members to destroy all documents and photographs? Discussion Questions "The messages he had received referred to articles or news items which for one reason or another it was thought necessary to alter, or, as the official phrase had it, rectify... the Ministry of Plenty had issued a promise that they would be no reduction of the chocolate ration during 1984. Actually, as Winston was aware, the chocolate ration was to be reduced...All that was needed was to substitute for the original promise a warning that it would probably be necessary to reduce the ration" (36). "And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed – if all records told the same tale – then the lie passed into history and became truth. 'Who controls the past,' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.' And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered. Whatever was true now was true from everlasting to everlasting. It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory. 'Reality control,' they called it: in Newspeak, 'doublethink.' " (23). Down the Memory Hole... at Fox News AMazon's very own Memory HOle China What do we know about this term? - double think word
- it erases the tangible and the recollection of it
- the memory holes slowly erase people because a memory is only so credible without evidence Winston Smith and the Memory Holes - Winston does not like the past being erased (rebellious side)
- He has difficulty remembering a world before Big Brother because there is nothing left to say there was anything of the sort
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