Professor Anthony Sovak
October 17th, 2011
George Orwell’s: looking back on the Spanish war
For all of history and for the rest of time, there is an ongoing war being fought. It is not always being fought by the same people, or on the same land, but the one thing that remains the same is the reason the war is being fought. It is being fought for the things that all people should have the moment they enter this earth, the rights of birth. Unfortunately, all too often, there is a person or group of people who believe it is in their power to take these rights from the people under his or her power. These people who have a personal goal with disregard for who it affects are more than often called fascists. This is where the fight for a normal life begins for the normal people of society, more often called the working class. As George Orwell claims in his essay “looking back on the Spanish war” most every war that has been fought over time has been fought at least partially because one of these leaders has taken away the birth rights of a group of people.
Throughout the extent of his essay, George Orwell consistently uses adjectives surrounding the subject of fear and terror. While the war itself is of course very fearful it is not the fighting that had to be feared. The thing that needed to be feared and was stressed the most was the fascist writing of history. As the government controls the media, history can be altered away from the truth. The people of the future could end up learning lies, because of what is written in newspapers or recorded by corrupted historians who have no other choice to record what the authority tell them to (Orwell 3-4). At a point in his essay, Orwell said “This kind of thing is frightening to me, because it often gives me the feeling that the very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. After all, the chances are that those lies, or at any rate similar lies, will pass into history.”...