Hist 384 Essay 1

Hist 384 Essay 1 - Communism uses terror to enforce...

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“Communism uses terror to enforce conformity on everyone, and it works.” This leads to people adapting their own morals to coincide with the Communist way of thought. Because of this, the Communists were able to control the past and present, as fear motivated individuals to conform. “Communism defeats its opponents by controlling the past and knowing the direction of the future, where, it claims contradictions are resolved and human liberation will occur.” 1984 The party uses terror to instill a communal mind-set irrespective of independent thought o Terror controlling Fear overrides normal feelings, even love “I betrayed you” “Sometimes they threaten you with something—something you can’t stand up to, can’t even think about. And then you say, ‘Don’t do it to me, do it to somebody else, do it to so- and-so.’…You think there’s no other way of saving yourself, and you’re quite ready to save yourself that way. You want it to happen to the other person. You don’t give a damn what they suffer. All you care about is yourself.” (292) Crime was refusing to admit the Party’s control of history and memory “You are afraid that in another moment something is going to break. Your especial fear us that it will be your backbone. You have a vivid mental picture of your vertebrae snapping apart and the spinal fluid dripping out of them. That is what you are thinking, is it not, Winston?”(245) “Will you please remember, throughout our conversation, that I have it in my power to inflict pain on you at any moment and to whatever degree I choose.” (245) Obrien talking to winston Junior Spies Inducts children in this organization which influences the children to spy on their parents and report instances of
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This note was uploaded on 11/02/2008 for the course HIST 3840 taught by Professor Weiss, j during the Fall '08 term at Cornell.

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Hist 384 Essay 1 - Communism uses terror to enforce...

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