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In order to be able to comprehend the world of 1984 one has to use the concept of doublethink since the process of assimilating a truly fictional world involves believing in something that is at the same time nonexistent but possible and imminent Many of the things that we find in Orwells novel in the plot characters and atmosphere seem very improbable and a result of the authors imagination but nevertheless the world that he creates seems plausible There are two reasons for this statement first every contradiction can be explained using the ideology of the Party and the principle of doublethink and second the actual ideas and messages of the book have their parallels in the history of the world as we know it That is exactly what makes the coherent social structure of 1984 so intimidating and convincing events very similar to the ones described had actually taken place people with such horrifying ideas have really existed and still exist totalitarian regimes had taken over all parts of the world at one point in time or another Therefore a world like the one in 1984 is a serious treat for humanity it is a possible future for you and for me A large part of what we see in the book is hardly believable In 1984 there is a special institutions designed to adjust all inconsistencies that occur by altering the past not only physically by erasing and substituting the wrong facts from all records papers periodicals and books but also metaphysically by changing peoples memories about events that have occurred Thus the Ministry of Truth acts to make people believe that everything the Party does is right and absolute and has always been this way Oceania for instance has always been at war with Eastasia because admitting this to be false would mean that the Party is not infallible and not everything in it coheres Most people have no trouble
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