Thematic Statement

Manipulation is overpowered by the unalterable nature of a person's collective memory. No matter what the government tells the people, the people will always have the memory of what is reality.


1) "O'Brian held up his left hand, its back toward Winston, with the thumb hidden and the four fingers extended.

'How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?'


'And if the Party says that it is not four but five, how many?'

'Four.' The word ended in a gasp of pain."

In this quote, O'Brian is trying to manipulate Winston into thinking 2+2=5. Winston knows that is is not five and that freedom is to say that it equals four.

2) "'Who controls the past', ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.'"

The Party's slogan says that since they control the present, they there for control the past. This is why they alter the past to make it appear that the party has been in control this whole time when they weren't.

Web Article

In this article, it explains how newspeak is a way that the government tries to manipulate them into having no thought when they speak.