Characteristics Of Animal Farm And 1984

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Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name George Orwell, was born on June 25th, 1903 in Motihari, India. In 1922, he joined the Indian Imperial Police and enforced British control in Burma. As an aide to imperialism, he became sickened by the cruel aspects of his work. He resigned in 1927 and became a writer to express his values. Throughout the ongoing conflicts around the world, he saw countries such as Germany, Italy, and Russia fall to totalitarian regimes. A totalitarian government behaves without limits to its absolute power. In such a system, people's rights and freedoms dissolve and transfer to the bodies in charge. The leaders scrutinize every aspect of life, private and public, to protect the government's influence and control. Orwell recognized that the utopias these governments yearn to resemble a reality far too idealistic to portray in the real world. In his 1946 essay “Why I Write”, he explains that "every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic socialism, as I understand it" (Novels for Students 2). During the Soviet Union's rise to power, he uses his knowledge and experience to illustrate the totalitarian structure's downfalls and flaws. Because of two specific novels, Animal Farm and 1984, plenty will argue in today's society Orwell as the “...Founding Father of anti-communism” (Hitchens 79). Animal Farm, an animal fable, retells the Soviet Union's rise
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