Orwell was an accurate analyst of social conditions in the 1930s in communicating issues of unemployment and social perceptions existing after the detrimental international economic halt provoked by the Wall Street market Crash of 1929. Leading into The Great Depression, Orwell gives a first-hand account of the living and working conditions of the working-class in Britain, gaining insight into ideologies different from what he had been taught in his middle-class upbringing. In his account, the economic upheaval in Britain provides a basis for social issues to be addressed through a physical engagement with the working-class.
By providing a description of the realities of existence in the 1930s as well as an account of the ideologies embedded within individuals in an attempt to alleviate the burden of difficult conditions, Orwell provides an acute account of the social and economic spheres of Britain.
As there is much conflict and change existing in the British government in this decade, Orwell provides his concept of Socialism in England arguing that left-wing politics are no longer movements of the working-class. Whilst the more political section of The Road To Wigan Pier is based more upon Orwell’s perceptions and less upon the reality of political circumstances, the author embodies reactionary qualities against radical movements of the 1930s, identifying with the political disillusionment that many faced, making him correct in reflecting attitudes of his time.
Opening with an economic depression and ending with total war, the 1930’s have been characterised by the mass unemployment, the rise of fascism and appeasement threatening to destruct societies. Known as ‘The Hungry Thirties,’ this period faced issues of chronic pov...
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