1984 rewrite - Martyr A martyr is one of the most powerful...

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Martyr A martyr is one of the most powerful weapons a government and a religion can have. Many different governments have tried and failed to put down the martyr, but O Brien argues to Winston that "the party" has discovered the perfect system. Nazism, communism, or any totalitarian regimes failed because the government would kill the people but not the idea. "The party" infected the martyr with a constant barrage of knowledge that eventually no one could see as wrong. Winston’s factual knowledge was even shown to be molded by the abuse that he took from O’Brien. "The party" had a vastly different government than the totalitarian regimes did. The party destroyed not only the person, but also the idea, so that a martyr was not created. Early totalitarian regimes like the Spanish inquisition would kill the opposition so that everyone could see the murder of an opposing force to the inquisition. Consequently, this would create a martyr and spread the martyr’s idea. Next were the Nazis and communists who changed the system to
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This note was uploaded on 06/22/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Wray during the Spring '08 term at South Carolina.

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1984 rewrite - Martyr A martyr is one of the most powerful...

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