Orwell's "Such, Such Were the Joys....": Alienation and Other Such Joy

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Orwell's "Such, Such Were the Joys....": Alienation and Other Such Joys George Orwell expresses a feeling of alienation throughout "Such, Such Were the Joys...." He casts himself as a misfit, unable to understand his peers, the authorities placed over him, and the laws that govern his existence. Orwell writes, "The good and the possible never seemed to coincide" (37). Though he shows his ability to enumerate what is "good," he resigns himself to a predestined state; uncertain of where exactly he fits in society, his attitude is irreconcilable with what he knows society expects of him. Orwell's childhood understanding of society forces him into only one possible direction, failure. This essay is the maturing Orwell's response…show more content…
The school establishment shuns and castigates him, teaching him through fiery sermons and corporal punishment to hate himself for his incorrigible actions. Sim and Bingo, the benefactors of this psychologically ailing "scholarship" student, aid him in no way, adding only to his misery. Orwell reacts to this treatment as he was instructed to act, obeying the role designed for him by his tormentors. He thinks such thoughts as, "It was possible, therefore, to commit a sin without knowing that you committed it, and without being able to avoid it. Sin was not necessarily something you did it might be something that happened to you" and "[t]his was the great, abiding lesson of my boyhood: that I was in a world where it was not possible for me to be good" (5). This is the result of a child's flawed, but logical process of thought. Though he realizes that which is conveyed to him bodes his own rejection and eventual destruction, he listens to the conveyance because it originates from people he is supposed to listen to. Orwell believed with conviction that he actively "committed" intentional wrong without willing it because he was innately inferior. Indoctrinated by this philosophy and assuming a fatalist, defeatist mentality, Orwell knows he is doomed to failure. "Until I was about thirty I always planned my life on the assumption not only that any major undertaking was bound to fail, but that I could only expect to live a few years longer" (38). The

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