George Orwell 's Down And Out

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George Bermard Shaw said, “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”(Brain Quote). By that he meant that we have to create the life we want to live not find it. George Orwell can relate to this. George Orwell had a troublesome childhood which lead him to write books about it such as his well-known book, “Down and Out in Paris and London.” George Orwell was born on January 21, 1903 in Motihari a small town in India. Born as Eric Arthur Blair as his name which he later changed to George Orwell. His father Richard Walmesley Blair was a minor Customs Official of the Indian Civil Service. His mother name was never mentioned. She brought him and his older sister Marjorio to England. They settled in Henley-on-Thames. George went to Wellington for one term and then Eton for 4 ½ years. he later joined the Indian Imperial Police. They sent him to Burma to receive his training. He served for 5 years from 1922 to 1927. After serving his years in the police force he was deciding to become a writer. When he came to understand the imperialism which he was serving and he had been rejecting it the whole time.(Bio, Page-1) George married Eileen O’shaughnessy on June 1936. Eileen supported him throughout his career. The pair had an open marriage. He had a couple of dalliances while he was with her. After her death Orwell married Sonia Brownell in 1950. He was only married to her for a short while until he died.(Bio, Page-2) George did not have any children. While he was with Eileen they adopted a son in 1944. They named him Richard Horatio Blair after one of his ancestors. After Eileens death Richard was raised by Orwell’s sister Avril.Before Orwell became a writer he was barely making ends meet. He was taking all sorts ... ... middle of paper ... what many consider to be his greatest novel. This novel gave the people from that time an idea or an opinion of Orwell’s on how the government would control our lives. An interesting fact about George Orwell was that his birth name was Eric Arthur Blair. He later changed it when he wrote his first book to the name the world knows him as- “George Orwell”. He made that change because he did not want to bring shame to his family just incase the book went south.(Bio, pages-1-2) George Orwell had such a big impact on British literature. The Guardian news paper states, “ Nineteen Eighty-Four has been translated into more than 65 languages and sold millions of copies worldwide, given George Orwell a unique place in world literature.” Many words like “Big Brother”, “doublethink” and “newspeak” have become words that we use in our everyday life. They have become a part us.
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