History Creator / GeorgeOrwell

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.
19th Mar '16 9:22:57 PM JulianLapostat
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* NotSoAboveItAll: In 1949, shortly before his death, Orwell [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orwell%27s_list#Reactions_to_the_IRD_List prepared a list]] of writers he suspected of being communist and left-wing supporters to the British government.[[note]]Although it should be noted that he thought many of the people on the list were Stalinists.[[/note]]

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* NotSoAboveItAll: In 1949, shortly before his death, Orwell [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orwell%27s_list#Reactions_to_the_IRD_List prepared a list]] of writers he suspected of being communist and left-wing supporters to the British government.[[note]]Although it should be noted He was under the impression that he thought many of the people on the list were Stalinists.[[/note]]Stalinists, yet the list itself includes tiny remarks next to names noting some as "Jewish", others such as Paul Robeson as "anti-white"[[note]]Robeson in fact campaigned for Welsh miners and for most of the 30s and 40s, was a fellow-traveller rather than an official member of CPUSA[[/note]] and also naming Creator/CharlieChaplin. In the end, Orwell too loved Big Brother.
19th Mar '16 3:19:37 PM TheD3rp
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* NotSoAboveItAll: In 1949, shortly before his death, Orwell [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orwell%27s_list#Reactions_to_the_IRD_List prepared a list]] of writers he suspected of being communist and left-wing supporters to the British government. Many of the people on the list such as Creator/CharlieChaplin and Paul Robeson (who Orwell described as [[ValuesDissonance being "anti-white"]] even though Robeson had campaigned for Welsh miners). In the end, George Orwell too, loved Big Brother.

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* NotSoAboveItAll: In 1949, shortly before his death, Orwell [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orwell%27s_list#Reactions_to_the_IRD_List prepared a list]] of writers he suspected of being communist and left-wing supporters to the British government. Many [[note]]Although it should be noted that he thought many of the people on the list such as Creator/CharlieChaplin and Paul Robeson (who Orwell described as [[ValuesDissonance being "anti-white"]] even though Robeson had campaigned for Welsh miners). In the end, George Orwell too, loved Big Brother.were Stalinists.[[/note]]
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