Orwell Biography Essay

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|George Orwell (1903-1950) - pseudonym of Eric Arthur Blair | |English novelist, essayist and critic, famous for his political satires Animal Farm (1945), an anti-Soviet tale, and Nineteen Eighty Four | |(1949), which shows that the destruction of language is an essential part of oppression. Orwell was an uncompromising individualist and | |political idealist. V.S. Pritchett called him "the wintry conscience of a generation " Both the Left and Right have utilized Orwell's works in | |ideological debate. | |"The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection, than one is sometimes willing to commit sins for the sake of loyalty, that one| |does not push asceticism to the point where it makes friendly intercourse impossible, and that one is prepared in the end to be defeated and | |broken up by life, which is the inevitable price of fastening one's love upon other human individuals." ( from 'Reflections on Gandhi', in | |Shooting an Elephant, 1949) | |George Orwell was born in Motihari, Bengal, India, as the second child of Richard Walmesley Blair and Ida Mabel Limonzin. His father was a civil| |servant in the opium department and his mother was the daughter of a tea-merchant in Burma. In 1904 Orwell moved with his mother and sister to | |England, where he later attended Eton. His first writings Orwell published in college periodicals. During these years Orwell developed his | |antipathy towards the English class systems. Also Orwell's years at St Cyprian's Preparatory School in Easbourne were not
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