How George Orwell’s life influenced 1984
George Orwell lived in one of the most destructive and violent periods of the world’s history. During his life he lived through WW1, Russian Revolution’s, the Great Depression, the rise of Nazism in Germany, the Spanish Civil War, the Stalinist show, WW2, Atomic bombs dropped and the emergence of Communist China. The fact that Orwell lived through this period and was very well informed of what was going on in the world with the media shows that Orwell’s works and in particular 1984 had a lot of influence from George Orwell’s life and more so the events of his lifetime.
The concept for 1984 is greatly based on the surveillance of society. This ‘Surveillance of society’ was similar to the ‘big brother’ concept. The main characters every move are followed closely. In the time of Nazi Germany, up to 1 in 3 civilians were Nazi informants. In one way or another if you were committing crimes or spreading protest of the Nazi rule, you were bound to end up in a Nazi concentration camp. Orwell may have used Nazi Germany as a influence for the strong ‘surveillance of society theme’
Stalin’s rule and the Russian revolution were also another key influence in Orwell’s novel 1984. The events in the novel 1984 where quite closely related to certain aspects of the Russian Revolution. Both of these had a powerful leader that thought he was always right and leaders that were overthrown. In essence the novel 1984 showed how people tried to put revolutionary ideas in practice for a greater good, but ultimately this ends up in corruption and a worse solution all together. Orwell tells in interviews that he wanted to "make political writing into an art". Other novels that Orwell wrote such as ‘Animal Farm’ were also closely related to political events that were in full effect around the time of writing.
George Orwell’s illness’s may also have contributed and influenced the gloomy feel of novels such as 1984. After a long string of health...