History Creator / GeorgeOrwell

17th Nov '16 8:53:41 AM 06tele
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* BeigeProse: Wrote like this himself and advised others to do the same in his essay "Politics and the English Language." Advice included "never use a long word where a short one will do" and "if it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out." Later writers such as Julian Barnes and Will Self have criticized Orwell, or rather that of his supporters for repeating the same advice. They point out that the greatest writers of English such as Shakespeare, Dickens or Lewis Carroll, leave alone James Joyce (who Orwell liked) wrote in flowery and PurpleProse.
** Orwell was also a rare advocate for Anglo-Saxon linguistic purity, noting that inexperienced writers (and indeed readers) are frequently beset by the fallacious notion that English words with Latin roots are intrinsically grander or more eloquent than words with Germanic roots. It is perhaps in part for this reason that his prose seems "beige" in comparison to other contemporary writers.

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* BeigeProse: Wrote like this himself and advised others to do the same in his essay "Politics and the English Language." Advice included "never use a long word where a short one will do" and "if it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out." Later writers such as Julian Barnes and Will Self have criticized Orwell, or rather that of his supporters supporters, for repeating the same advice. They point out that most of the greatest writers of English English, such as Shakespeare, Dickens or Lewis Carroll, leave alone James Joyce (who Orwell liked) wrote in flowery and PurpleProse.
liked), tended to use all the resources of the English language.
** Orwell Orwell's advice about prose writing was also a rare advocate for Anglo-Saxon linguistic purity, noting based on his conviction that inexperienced most writers, including himself, ''weren't good enough'' at convincingly using all the resources of the English language, and he thought that if writers (and indeed readers) are frequently beset by 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 fallacious notion that 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 with Latin roots are intrinsically grander or more eloquent than words with Germanic roots. It is perhaps in part for this reason that his prose seems "beige" in comparison to other contemporary writers.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.
30th Sep '16 5:04:06 PM JulianLapostat
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* TheHorseshoeEffect: A recurrent theme in both ''Animal Farm'' and ''Nineteen Eighty-Four''.

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* TheHorseshoeEffect: A recurrent theme in both ''Animal Farm'' and ''Nineteen Eighty-Four''. Given the increased criticism of the accuracy of his writing, and how Orwell himself took his partisan grudges against leftists to the extent of creating a list of government subversives for the government, one might see his own work as self-demonstrating this effect.
9th Aug '16 6:37:02 AM Morgenthaler
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1st Aug '16 8:43:37 AM JulianLapostat
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* UnreliableNarrator: Some of Orwell's essays and writings have been regarded as this by later writers. Most notably, Orwell's criticism of his childhood at boarding school has been regarded as unfairly mean and disrespectful to the school headmaster. Julian Barnes has also pointed out that Orwell made several errors in the "Shooting an Elephant" essay, where he sweetened his own role in [[http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2009/mar/12/such-such-was-eric-blair/ the stated incident]].

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* UnreliableNarrator: [[http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/08/19/orwell-s-big-fat-lies-his-diaries-reveal-problems-with-the-truth.html Some of Orwell's essays and writings writings]] have been regarded as this by later writers. Most notably, Orwell's criticism of his childhood at boarding school has been regarded as unfairly mean and disrespectful to the school headmaster. Julian Barnes has also pointed out that Orwell made several errors in the "Shooting an Elephant" essay, where he sweetened his own role in [[http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2009/mar/12/such-such-was-eric-blair/ the stated incident]].
1st Aug '16 8:25:30 AM JulianLapostat
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* DatedHistory: [[http://www.albavolunteer.org/2013/09/differing-views-on-orwell-at-len-crome-memorial-event/ Historian Paul Preston, a specialist]] on the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar sees his ''Homage to Catalonia'' as this. He notes that Orwell's highly polemical and personal involvement with POUM gave people the idea that the Civil War was mainly about intra-left squabbles, and likewise greatly elevated and romanticized the POUM and the anarchists while not giving proper credit to the Communists. Preston notes that the anarchist collective Orwell celebrated was militarily and politically unworkable, and completely against the overall strategic goal of the Republicans (which the Communists under Comintern and Stalin supported) to defeat Franco, and Orwell greatly exagerrated it for his own partisan grudges against fellow leftists.



* {{Eponym}}: ''Orwellian'' has become a byword for dystopian futures and totalitarian societies.

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* {{Eponym}}: ''Orwellian'' has become a byword for dystopian futures and totalitarian societies.societies, and use of propaganda.
28th Jun '16 7:13:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* HitlerAteSugar: This trope was pointed out as early as 1944, when George Orwell wrote in ''What is Fascism?'' that ''"It will be seen that, as used, the word 'Fascism' is almost entirely meaningless. In conversation, it is used even more wildly than in print."'' Orwell names a LongList of often opposing groups accused of fascism. It would seem that, according to Orwell, almost any group at the time had been accused of fascism by linking it to some policy in Fascist Italy or National Socialist Germany.
27th Jun '16 2:59:03 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''AnimalFarm''

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* ''AnimalFarm''''Literature/AnimalFarm''
30th Mar '16 10:13:58 PM TheD3rp
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** However, it turns out according to his biographer Bernard Crick that this was largely made up by Orwell. According to a Burmese local, there was no escaped animal rampage and Orwell shot that Elephant either for sport or by accident. There was an official government complaint since the Elephant was regarded as valuable government property and Orwell was promptly ReassignedToAntarctica with Colonel Welbourne calling him a "[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech a disgrace to Eton College]]." His biographer, noted that the essay first appeared in an anthology that encouraged writers to blend fact-and-fiction, though he noted that Orwell never tried to correct the record.

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** However, it turns out according to his biographer Bernard Crick that this was largely made up by Orwell. According to a Burmese local, there was no escaped animal rampage and Orwell shot that Elephant either for sport or by accident. There was an official government complaint since the Elephant was regarded as valuable government property and Orwell was promptly ReassignedToAntarctica with Colonel Welbourne calling him a "[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech a disgrace to Eton College]]." His biographer, noted that the essay first appeared in an anthology that encouraged writers to blend fact-and-fiction, though he noted that Orwell never tried to correct the record. [[note]]Although Orwell never actually claimed that he was the protagonist of the story either.[[/note]]
25th Mar '16 10:21:37 PM mirisu92
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* ''Literature/BurmeseDays''
19th Mar '16 9:25:40 PM JulianLapostat
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: All of Orwell's books were inspired by the politics of his lifetime and his fears how society would develop further. ''Homage to Catalonia'' was about his first hand experiences during the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar, ''Animal Farm'' was a satire on the UsefulNotes/RussianRevolution and ''1984'' summarized all his fears about Nazism, Fascism and Communism.

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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: All of Orwell's books were inspired by the politics of his lifetime and his fears how society would develop further.
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''Homage to Catalonia'' was about his first hand experiences during the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar, ''Animal Farm'' was a satire on the UsefulNotes/RussianRevolution [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober Russian Revolution]] and ''1984'' summarized all his fears about Nazism, Fascism and Communism.Communism. Of course Orwell could exaggerate "real life" as in the "Shooting the Elephant" essay.
** Much of ''1984'' was inspired by his time working as a propagandist for the BBC and the particular focus on language directed to propaganda use was informed by his time working in the bureau.
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