“There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad” (Orwell).These words were uttered by the brilliant post modernism writer, George Orwell. The post-modernism movement took place in the late 1950’s. This was a time marked by consumption, the post-cold war era and World War II. Main topics of this literary movement dealt with moral and philosophical relativism, loss of faith in political authority and avoiding traditional themes. Post Modernism made one of the greatest impacts on fiction writing. George Orwell’s love for writing and fear of too much authority made this era of literary movement popular.
Although George Orwell may be a popular guy now, this was not always the case. Growing up he was the odd middle child. He states in a poem “Why I Write” that he was very lonely and had a disagreeable personality which made people not particularly fond of him (Leddy). Orwell had a way with facing unpleasant facts which he says led him to his own private world in which teachers and authorities did not appreciate. They made him feel powerless and undervalued; this inspired him to write about similar circumstances in political context. He had a clear eyed vision for every story and did not want to write all of the extra “fluff” (Smith). He is mostly known for this new style of writing, eliminating “purple passages”, for his Newspeak language and for exploring political writing and making this type popular. This changed the tone of writing in the 1950’s and woke up the world about the dangers of the government.
“Erotic Dreams to Nightmares: Ominous Problems and Sublimation Suggestion in Orwell” by Thomas Dilworth is a great critical analysis of the novel 1984. Thomas doe...
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