Two Sides of the Same coin

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In the midst of the twentieth century, George Orwell left a mark on the literature world, writing well-known novels such as Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four. His novels brought light to the unseen, dark side communism and totalitarianism’s destructive powers. Much of his works, including essays, critique the then-modern politics. Overlooked in favor of Orwell’s novels, the essays he wrote deserve just as much attention. In his writing career, Orwell tackled numerous political hot topics despite major backlash from peers and critics. Much of Orwell’s insightfulness originates in his time overseas, part of being in the British Imperialist Police. In his day, imperialism and colonialism was a common attribute of being a British citizen. The British had invaded and took over many countries such as India and parts of China, and became known as the British Empire, coined “the empire on which the sun never sets”. Their presence in those countries did not receive a warm welcome at all as the occupancy made the smaller country dependent on the imperialists, which was exactly what the imperialists wanted. Throughout his life, Orwell encountered many instances of colonialism and imperialism, and from those encounters, Orwell developed an extreme bias against all-controlling forces as well as feeling a conscience of being the all-controlling force. Orwell suggests colonialism and imperialism simultaneously hurts the conquerors and the conquered people. Orwell first encountered colonialism as a police officer in British-ruled Burma and recognized its effect on the imperialists, one like him. In a foreign country, Orwell already felt alienated and unsafe but truly hated his job. One of his experiences involves Orwell, a gun, an elephant, a... ... middle of paper ... ...d turned them into iconic stories and articles, detailing a world never before seen. Orwell has since then become a household name and remains one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. As a political writer, Orwell has always intended to influence the reader of the horrors hidden in a governmental, dominant power. His legacy, his life’s work, left its mark on history and the minds of many generations, just like Orwell wished. Works Cited Larkin, Emma. "Introduction." Burmese Days. Reprinted in Penguin classics with a new introduction. ed. London: Penguin, 2009. v. Print. Orwell, George. "Shooting An Elephant." Orwell. Orwell.ru, 14 Mar. 1999. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. . Slater, Ian. Orwell: The Road to Airstrip One. 1985. Reprint. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc, 2003. Print.
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