George Orwell : The Conscience Of A War Torn Generation Essay

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Though George Orwell is widely known as the conscience of a war-torn generation he had originally begun his life as Eric Arthur Blair. Born into the British colony of Motihari, Bengal, Eric spent much of his youth without a father. While his father oversaw exports under the Indian Civil Service his mother chose to raise both of her children in England where they were able to make do. Despite having no ill will towards being lower-upper-middle class he developed a distaste towards the English prep school system after witnessing the delegation of privileges to certain students. Soon after, he would continue to experience mistreatment dealt under the hands of the Indian Imperial Police. Thus, after being disillusioned by British imperialism and showing signs of weakening health he departed and settled into a cycle of odd jobs. Eventually Blair began putting his life amongst the working poor onto paper; taking on the identity of the man we know today –George Orwell.
Much can be said about how Blair’s childhood education had come to affect his view and relationship with authority. He recounted such miseries in his essay titled, “Such, such were the joys,” in which he detailed the many disparities between his treatment and the treatment of students seen as more valuable. He noticed that “the very rich were undisguisedly favored [but] at times [the schoolmasters were] willing to sacrifice financial profit for scholastic prestige,” and whether or not it could be

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