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In the book 1984, what was the role of the ministry of truth? the main role of the...

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demmy | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 16, 2007 at 12:20 AM via web

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In the book 1984, what was the role of the ministry of truth?

the main role of the ministry of truth

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted February 16, 2007 at 12:59 AM (Answer #1)

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The Ministry of Truth, where Winston works and has the job to rewrite the history and documentation of the state in order to satisfy current Party policy and interpretation.

The primary role of the Ministry of Truth is to lie and keep the people ignorant of what is going on behind the scenes.

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blacksheepunite | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted May 26, 2007 at 12:54 PM (Answer #2)

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Yes! The primary function of the Ministry of Truth is to construct lies that fit with the government's current interpretation of reality. Winston's job is to rewrite historical news so that anyone who chooses to check will see that, for instance, they have *always* been at war with Eastasia.

By rewriting history to fit with their current claims, the Ministry helps to construct the notion that Big Brother is an infallible, godlike leader. They also attempt to squash dissent by making it difficult for anyone to talk about the past. Most people end up like Julia, blindly accepting the new truths and not worrying much about why (or even whether) the truth changes.

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