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What Is The Significance Of The Maniphip In Big Brother By George Orwell

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Big Brother, in George Orwell’s 1984, regulates the thoughts of his subjects by manipulating the content of literature, even after it's published. Despite knowing the past accounts, people still forget what they know and accept what they are told. Even Winston Smith, who despises the way others blatantly accept Big Brother’s manipulation, cannot remember all of the facts that the regime has distorted, such as his life before the regime takeover. In a similar manner, literature is used in Marcus Luttrell’s Lone Survivor to shape the public's understanding of the Afghanistan War. While the contents are not rewritten, the public only knows as much about the conflict as the media and Luttrell writes. Peter Brodie once remarked on this kind of situation, saying that writing alone lasts and can capture the essence of an era. Through the events of the novel, Luttrell illustrates the principles of Peter Brodie's quote by illuminating how what is written spreads throughout time and space, while the rest is lost to all but those who know it first hand. The public believes what the media writes due to the immediacy of the reporting and the inaccessibility of other information. When contemplating whether to kill the Afghan herders or let them go, Luttrell explains why, despite being the incorrect military decision, freeing the herders might be the best choice. He fears that if they are killed, then the media will “latch on to it and write stuff about the brutish U.S. Armed
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