One of the issues raised in 1984 is the idea that history is mutable or changeable, that truth is what the Party deems it to be, and that the truths found in history are the bases of the principles of the future. Many readers think of 1984 as a dystopia about a populace constantly monitored by technologically advanced rulers. Orwell once wrote that “in a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” Orwell uses the fear of truth to show that it is both consequential and valuable. “Whatever the party holds to be the truth is the truth. 'Who controls the past' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.' The Party slogan was “Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.” Truth is a powerful weapon that can stand alone like unto an army. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad. Pursuit of Truth in 1984 Anonymous College Contemporary political discourse often references George Orwell’s 1984 as an example of how government interference infringes on our rights as individuals while we remain complacent in the face of these violations. In 1984, the separation of power between the government and use of literary elements show that revealing the truth is a revolutionary
Yet in truth, the technological tools pale in comparison to the psychological methods the Party wields, which not only control the citizens but also teach them to control themselves. It is impossible to see reality except by looking through the eyes of the Party” writes Winston (1984, 205). 1984 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. “It does not matter whether 'two plus two is four' is true, much less whether this truth is 'subjective' or 'corresponds to external reality'” (CIS, 176). Some Fascist German leaders of the time boasted that if you tell a lie loud enough and often enough, people will accept it as truth. Rorty’s interpretation of the underlying messages of Nineteen Eighty-Four is, to a large extent, consistent with his views on truth and objectivity. "(Pg.173, 1984) This fact allowed Winston to fight against the party.