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Creator: George Orwell

George Orwell reporting for the Ministry of Tru... I mean The BBC.

"If Saint Thomas More was the first Englishman, as one historian called him, then Orwell was perhaps the last."
Paul Potts

Real name Eric Blair, George Orwell (June 25, 1903 — January 21, 1950) was one of the most influential authors in the English language.

A democratic socialist all his life, but his views changed somewhat over time and his dislike of Soviet communism was very clear. Orwell, a journalist, participated in the Spanish Civil War on the side of the Republicans, serving in the party militia of the P.O.U.M. or Party of Marxist Worker's Unificationnote , and even got shot in the throat (an experience that he would go on to describe as "interesting"). His works tend to be considered cynical. The term "Orwellian" is named after his famous works of dystopian fiction, particularly 1984.note 

His most famous works are:

Orwell created the following tropes:

Several additional tropes were inspired by Newspeak, including:

George Orwell is the source of several trope names:

He is also the current mascot for the "Have A Nice Cup Of Tea And Sit Down" page. He considered tea to be Serious Business. Spot of Tea, indeed.

Orwell's work provides examples of:

  • Crapsack World: Orwell paints a very depressing view of mankind, colonialism, dictatorships, bureaucratism and corruption of revolutions.
  • Dead Artists Are Better: Orwell died after finishing his Magnum Opus 1984. He would become more famous after death and especially as the year 1984 approached.
  • Eponym: Orwellian has become a byword for dystopian futures and totalitarian societies.
  • Escaped Animal Rampage: He wrote a short story, Shooting An Elephant about a time]] when an elephant escaped from a circus and rampaged through a town in India. They called him out to kill it. By the time he found it, its rampage was over and it was eating quietly in a field. However, the whole town was gathered round, so he shot it. It didn't die, so he shot it again. Still didn't die. Third shot did it. Well, it took another half hour to die, but it collapsed.
    Orwell: I often wondered whether any of the others grasped that I had done it solely to avoid looking a fool.
  • The Generalissimo: Orwell wrote a lot about totalitarianism and the dangers of such regimes. It's a recurring theme in his entire work.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Except in the case of Animal Farm where the animals too can be bastards.
  • Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: Orwell was very concerned over the way language could be manipulated by people to justify their means. This was a constant theme in his entire work.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: His books are pretty bleak and frightening. Especially 1984.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: 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 Spanish Civil War, Animal Farm was a satire on the Russian Revolution and 1984 summarized all his fears about Nazism, Fascism and Communism.

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