Orwell. Brains Vs. Bluebloods

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I will argue that George Orwell’s school days were not unlike anyone else’s and that they were not as horrible and unfair as he claimed. I am not saying that Orwell is lying or trying to make his childhood sound like a struggle but I think that what a child says is happening, is not what is actually happening in real life. A child has a very different outlook on life than an adult. An adult thinks about the situation and the effects of something before processing the memory, while a child doesn’t think twice. Orwell claims that the only reason he was allowed at his school as a poor, lower class child was so that he could win a scholarship to an even better school. While this would make his school look good, it would also help him be successful in life even more. A child would not look at the long term consequences of this and could very easily see it as they were just trying to use him to make the school look better. Every school has social classes; it is not unique to just Orwell’s school. Snobbery is a part of everyday life and every adult knows this and has dealt with it. As a child, this is not understood and one may think that all of the unfairness and snobbery was directed at him all the time. George Orwell was a poor child on scholarship; this could have caused him to have a false sense of insecurity. Orwell knew that he had a lot less money than the rich boys and that everyone else knew it too. This could have caused him to have a chip on his shoulder and look at everything that was happening to him with a skewed interpretation. This would make all of the little things that happened to him seem like they were huge deals and a lot more brutal than they actually were. Overall, I contend that Orwell’s school days, while uncomfortable and not as pleasant as they possibly could have been, were not very different from anyone else’s. Orwell may have just

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