Why I Write By George Orwell

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In George Orwell’s “Why I Write”, he explains the different motives rhetors have when writing books, essays, poems, etc. He explains where he falls on the spectrum of reasons for writing and how his motives have changed and transformed over the course of his lifetime. In the introduction of Orwell’s essay, he explains that he knew from a very young age that he was meant to be a writer, but that he chose to abandon that idea. In doing so, he felt that he was “outraging his true nature”. This phrase is a good introduction because it grabs the attention of the reader. “Outraging” is a very strong word. It makes it sound like what he is doing is truly wrong, and that would likely make the reader want to read on, wondering why he believes his actions were so terrible. The narration of Orwell’s essay is the fact that he could not avoid writing. Although he tried to get away from it, he couldn’t because it is his passion and his destiny. He explains that for fifteen years, he performed a literary exercise in his mind in which he narrated his own life. He would mentally verbalize very descriptive passages about what he was doing, what his surroundings were, etc. He says that this habit happened against his will and carried on until he was about twenty-five. The partition of this essay is Orwell’s explanation of the “four great motives for writing”. These include “sheer egoism”, “aesthetic enthusiasm”, “historical impulse”, and “political purpose”. Orwell believes that these are
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