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Analysis Of George Orwell 's ' The Great Gatsby '

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During the 1930’s, the people of Great Britain had become increasingly aware of the class divisions, unemployment, and poverty that were plaguing their society.
Because the mid-upper classes had little contact with those of the lower classes, and due to either negative or extremely exaggerated information about them, the mid-upper classes held certain prejudices against those of the lower classes. Orwell, who was a member of the middle class, had been raised with these negative prejudices but was able to overcome them. By serving in the system of oppression and by living and working with the lower classes, Orwell was able to gain a deeper understanding of the obstacles they faced, their socioeconomic upbringings, and as a result was able to dismiss his prejudices towards them. Orwell’s first step in seeing the English working classes as people and not “subhuman”—which he had been taught as a child—was not fully recognized until his return to England from Burma. During his time in Burma, Orwell worked as a British police officer, which allowed him to observe the oppressive system Britain had imposed upon the people of Burma. Taking part in this oppressive system caused Orwell to grow increasingly guilty as well as harbor a deep hatred for oppression in all its forms. The culminating result of this was that Orwell decided to live among the oppressed lower classes of Britain. This was in part to alleviate some of his guilt, but primarily to stand with the oppressed lower
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