George Orwell: Contentious Socialist Advocate

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George Orwell, a politically distinguished novelist from Britain, was a primary source of scrutiny throughout his life; spanning from 1903 to 1950. Developing a broad separation between himself and fellow writers, Orwell stretched boundaries as brilliantly and gracefully as a ballerina extends through each outermost extremity. Producing timeless literature that relates to each successive generation, his novels will remain among the noted, required studies of adolescents in grade school. Having lived a fairly normal childhood, growing up in “Henley, England,” and attending “a private prepatory school in Sussex,” Orwell bore no reason to manifest his atypical political and social beliefs (“Orwell” P8). However, George Orwell fancied anything considered out of the ordinary and fed off of the outside’s skewed perception of him.
Born as Eric Arthur Blair in Motihari, Bengal, India, Orwell, as an inhabitant of India, lived under direct British control; his father serving as a “minor customs official in the opium department of the Indian Civil Service” (“Orwell” P2). Although Orwell abided by the laws enacted by the British government, he gradually generated a personal system during his years as a scholar. One of Orwell’s copious strengths was his admirable work ethic and exceptional education. As previously stated, Orwell studied at a private school in Sussex as a child, but furthered his schooling “by scholarship at two private secondary schools: Wellington for one term and Eton for four-and-a-half years” (“Orwell” P3). It was during these vital years that Orwell decided upon his distaste for the English class system and began rejecting the government’s implementation of birth dictating the lifestyle one was to live. Thereafter his t...

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