Through much of his life, Eric Arthur Blair (pen name George Orwell) sought to vilify the mental and emotional oppression he faced early on and breathe life into the specific ramifications entailed within Socialism as a result of the era in which he grew up in. The culminating result of these forces is evident in his last piece of work, 1984, where the very fabric of Socialism had become distorted in favor of a completely dystopian society in which human history is being rewritten every day and simple emotion and thought has all but been eradicated. Blair solidifies his overall theme of total tyrannical control and oppression in 1984 through the period of pertinent history he endured as well as his own personal experiences.
According to Edward Quinn of Bloom’s Literature, as the son of a British colonial civil servant father and a housewife as his mother, Eric Arthur Blair grew up wanting to be more than his circumstances deemed possible. He was born in June 25, 1903 in present-day northeastern India, and soon thereafter, his family relocated to England due to a widespread plague in India. From very early on had had fragile health but a sharp mind, which rendered journal entries as early as the age of 19 months and several poems to his mother. His education started out in a convent school run by French nuns, and later he was accepted into a preparatory school named St. Cyprian in Eastbourne, England. Here he received frequent punishment for his bed-wetting and was publicly chastised, which later resulted in a deprecating recollection of his time spent at the school in Such, Such Were the Joys. His avid disapproval of St. Cyprian’s was overshadowed by his interactions with his neighbors, the Buddicoms – specifically the oldest...
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