History Creator / GeorgeOrwell

14th Jun '18 3:32:24 PM TheMountainKing
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* CapitalismIsBad: He certainly beloved this, and it's a subtext in most of his works.
27th May '18 9:22:11 PM SheldonDinkleburg
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** Orwell's advice about prose writing was based on his conviction that most writers, including himself, ''weren't good enough'' at convincingly using all the resources of the English language, and he thought that if writers who weren't geniuses were going to write at all, then they should aim to write as clearly as possible, and avoid pretentious Latinate words such as "fallacious" when they already had the perfectly useful word "wrong". He wasn't in favour of purging all foreign words from the English language; in the above-mentioned essay, he uses Latinate words such as "consequently", "incompetence", "formation" and "impartiality". What he disliked was the practice of not using a simple and clear but boring word, when you could use a vague and unclear but glamorously foreign neologism.

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** Orwell's advice about prose writing was based on his conviction that most writers, including himself, ''weren't good enough'' at convincingly using all the resources of the English language, and he thought that if writers who weren't geniuses were going to write at all, then they should aim to write as clearly as possible, and avoid pretentious Latinate words such as "fallacious" when they already had the perfectly useful word "wrong". He wasn't in favour of purging all foreign words from the English language; in the above-mentioned essay, he uses Latinate words such as "consequently", "incompetence", "formation" and "impartiality". What he disliked was the practice of not using a simple and clear but boring word, when you could use a vague and unclear but glamorously foreign neologism. In addition, the essay was not referring to the the literary fiction that the above counterexamples write in, but was primarily aimed at political writing, where such Latinate words are often used to obfuscate a point (such as using euphemisms to obscure talking about a sensitive topic such as war crimes) rather than clarify it.
7th Mar '18 1:16:53 AM Nautilus1
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** ''Shooting An Elephant'', as already regarded above, was not a faithful rendition of a rogue elephant shooting, but an allegory of the iron fisted politics of [[{{UsefulNotes/TheBritishRaj}} the British Empire]] during the Indian independence movement. Key is the dominant theme, the colonial policeman killing the great beast to save face. This was just the motivation given by Brigadier-General Dyer after the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jallianwala_Bagh_massacre Amritsar Massacre of 1919]]: ''"I considered it my duty to fire on them and to fire well. I think it quite possible that I could have dispersed the crowd without firing but they would have come back again and laughed, and I would have made, what I consider, a fool of myself."'' [[FridgeBrilliance The narrator in Orwell's story uses almost the same phrases]].

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** ''Shooting An Elephant'', as already regarded above, was not a faithful rendition of a rogue elephant shooting, but an allegory of the iron fisted politics of [[{{UsefulNotes/TheBritishRaj}} the British Empire]] during the Indian independence movement. Key is the dominant theme, the colonial policeman killing the harmless great beast to save face. This was just the motivation given by Brigadier-General Dyer after the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jallianwala_Bagh_massacre Amritsar Massacre of 1919]]: ''"I considered it my duty to fire on them and to fire well. I think it quite possible that I could have dispersed the crowd without firing but they would have come back again and laughed, and I would have made, what I consider, a fool of myself. (...) They had come out to fight if they defied me, and I was going to give them a lesson."'' [[FridgeBrilliance The narrator in Orwell's story uses almost the same phrases]].
7th Mar '18 1:14:20 AM Nautilus1
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** ''Shooting An Elephant'', as already regarded above, was not a faithful rendition of a rogue elephant shooting, but an allegory of the iron fisted politics of [[{{UsefulNotes\TheBritishRaj}} the British Empire]] during the Indian independence movement. Key is the dominant theme, the colonial policeman killing the great beast to save face. This was just the motivation given by Brigadier-General Dyer after the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jallianwala_Bagh_massacre Amritsar Massacre of 1919]]: ''"I considered it my duty to fire on them and to fire well. I think it quite possible that I could have dispersed the crowd without firing but they would have come back again and laughed, and I would have made, what I consider, a fool of myself."'' [[FridgeBrilliance The narrator in Orwell's story uses almost the same phrases]].

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** ''Shooting An Elephant'', as already regarded above, was not a faithful rendition of a rogue elephant shooting, but an allegory of the iron fisted politics of [[{{UsefulNotes\TheBritishRaj}} [[{{UsefulNotes/TheBritishRaj}} the British Empire]] during the Indian independence movement. Key is the dominant theme, the colonial policeman killing the great beast to save face. This was just the motivation given by Brigadier-General Dyer after the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jallianwala_Bagh_massacre Amritsar Massacre of 1919]]: ''"I considered it my duty to fire on them and to fire well. I think it quite possible that I could have dispersed the crowd without firing but they would have come back again and laughed, and I would have made, what I consider, a fool of myself."'' [[FridgeBrilliance The narrator in Orwell's story uses almost the same phrases]].
7th Mar '18 1:13:19 AM Nautilus1
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** ''Shooting An Elephant'', as already regarded above, was not a faithful rendition of a rogue elephant shooting, but an allegory of the iron fisted politics of [[{{UsefulNotes\TheBritishRaj}} the British Empire]] during the Indian independence movement. Key is the dominant theme, the colonial policeman killing the great beast to save face. This was just the motivation given by Brigadier-General Dyer after the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jallianwala_Bagh_massacre Amritsar Massacre of 1919]]: ''"I considered it my duty to fire on them and to fire well. I think it quite possible that I could have dispersed the crowd without firing but they would have come back again and laughed, and I would have made, what I consider, a fool of myself."'' [[FridgeBrilliance The narrator in Orwell's story uses almost the same phrases]].
27th Jan '18 6:38:13 PM MackWylde
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** ''Literature/AnimalFarm'' was inspired by Russian communism and the rise of the Stalin era. Its also based on the vainness of the upper class and the real harsh treatment of the working class.
27th Jan '18 6:34:50 PM MackWylde
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* BlackAndGreyMorality: This is not to say there are no genuinely good people in his stories. However, all his stories seem to go this direction between the protagonists and antagonists.
3rd Dec '17 8:23:49 PM BrendanRizzo
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* DeterminedDefeatist: This man was convinced that Stalinism was both infinitely seductive and infinitely mendacious and so ''the whole world'' would fall to totalitarianism within his lifetime or shortly after. He also simultaneously believed that mankind is ''not'' completely evil and that we should fight for human rights and social justice anyway.
20th Nov '17 4:38:04 PM MackWylde
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Just about all of his works are heavily cynical.
6th Sep '17 7:01:41 AM Kalmbach
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