Influences on George Orwell's Works Analytical Essay by cduexe

Influences on George Orwell's Works
An analysis of how George Orwell's life and society influenced his literary works.
# 153800 | 1,548 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2014 | KE
Published on Jan 24, 2014 in English (Analysis) , English (Biography)

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The paper discusses how George Orwell converted his political writing into an art with his controversial political and social writings. The paper explains how almost all of George Orwell's work, essays, novels, and journal articles were influenced by his environment, and also describes how Orwell recorded his experiences of the low life in the slums of London. Finally, the paper analzyes Orwell's poem, "A Happy Vicar I Might Have Been".

A Happy Vicar I Might Have Been - "The Little Poem" by George Orwell

From the Paper:

"George Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair in Motihari Bengal, on June 25, 1903, where his father worked in the Indian Civil Service as an Opium Agent. He was one of the most well known English novelists, polemist, critic, essayists and one of the most frequently quoted and loved British authors of all times. The political perception that encompassed his writing made him one of the major literary characters during the cold war and a touchstone for majority of readers at the time, as well as today(WENGRAF 48). His works, particularly Nineteen Eighty Four and Animal Farm, the last two of his novels are considered by many critiques and literary scholars as modern classics; on the other hand, his working class life experience in The Road to Wigan Pier and Down and Out in London and Paris; and the Homage to Catalonia still inspire and inform generations of socialists(Davison 61).
"During his life, George Orwell's writings were the source of much controversy, especially in matters political and social. Orwell was a classic English Socialist, just as Aneurin Bevan and Michael Foot were; he was a left winger. However, he was also an egalitarian, libertarian and a hostile to the English Communist Party. He held the view that no person, government, or party was above criticism. Profiling Orwell's is interesting since he supremely wrote well about himself; in fact his political views and his prose style were more fascinating than his life (Newsinger 56; Chen para.16)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anthony, Andrew. "Orwell: The Observer Years." The Observer 2003 : n. pag. Print.
  • Chen, Anna. "A Review of John Newsinger, Orwell's Politics." Anna Chen's arts website. 2003.
  • Crick, Bernard. "Blair, Eric Arthur [George Orwell] (1903-1950)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. 2004. Web. 15 Jan. 2014.
  • ---. "George Orwell: Voice of a Long Generation." BBC-History. 2011. Web. 15 Jan. 2013.
  • Davison, Peter. George Orwell: A Life in Letters. New York: Barnes & Noble, Inc., 2013. Print.

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