Why is there no hope that the Proles will ever revolt and overthrow the Party?

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The proles are the commoners in the novel 1984, and they are completely subjugated underneath the rule of the Party. The rule of the party is pervasive, and this total control keeps them from revolting. First of all, they have kept them impoverished to the point where they can do nothing but take care of their daily needs. This near economic enslavement prevents them from rising to the point where they can even think about the political situation and what they could do about it. Beyond that, the Thought Police and other ministries are so deeply ingrained into the society and have infiltrated even the proletariat citizens (as evidenced by the surreptitious shop in which the main characters typically rendezvous) that it is impossible to escape their control and monitoring. These two factors effectively prevent the proletariat class from uprising.

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The Proles need a leader to take them to revolution.  There is no such leader, and the Proles are basically happy in their ignorance.  They are...

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