Political Writing & George Orwell (George Orwell (raised in England…
Political Writing & George Orwell
born Eric Blair in Burma (1903)
raised in England
won scholarship at Eton
hated colonialism, but worked as a policeman for the Empire ('Shooting an Elephant')
straddled economic class - Pen name (George Orwell)
Orwell was against STALINISTIC Soviet regime - a perversion of communist ideas
Major (prize pig)
Marx / Lenin
tyrannical, usurpers, tzar, non-productive, exploitative
passive / a spectator
Trotsky, a scapegoat
the ideal worker (a form of propaganda)
presents a risk and the worker
doesn't want to kill
was the upper-middle class
doesn't want to work
ribbons and sugar
the police / military
'slavery' for the unity
division, breaking rules
'four legs good, two legs bad'
US vs. THEM
needs to be catchy
Song as unification
'Beasts of England'
Snowball's idea which Napoleon takes credit for after Snowball is discredited
breaks down due to poor structure (Snowball's fault)
money for whiskey
Boxer sold to the glue factory
don't drink too much!
shows that the pigs are corrupt
dystopic novel about socialism turning into an authoritarian nightmare
'Big Brother', 'Newspeak', 'Doublethink', '2+2=5'
'Politics and the English Language'
decay of language has its implications
these can be reversed
meaning of language is disappearing
'The Truman Doctrine'
The cold war / the red scare
US should help Greece and Turkey to protect their own interests in Europe
'The Sinews of Peace'
the hard-won peace must not be compromised