George Orwell:- Politics and Classism

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George Orwell

Politics and Classism.



The History of George Orwell.

Road to Wigan pier

Animal Farm

Nineteen eighty-four



In this dissertation my main aim to describe George Orwell and find out what made him tick. Orwell was and is one of the most quoted men who ever lived and in his lifetime wrote such masterpieces as Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), Animal farm (1945) and Road to Wigan Pier (1937). As well as being a novelist, Orwell also wrote essays and columns for newspapers. The reason why I chose to discuss the three books above are these are the three books that I will concentrate on during this dissertation. The three books have two very similar themes class and politics. Whether it be poverty of the proles in Nineteen Eighty -Four (1949) or the poverty of the miners in Road to Wigan Pier (1937). Orwell uses poverty as a way to portray class difference which you will see in the bulk of this work.

Through Orwells work there is a running theme a theme of politics a biased view of Orwells. Orwell was a man who believed in socialism and that is what I believe made him do some of the things that he did. For example, living as a tramp in Down and Out in Paris and London (1933) could be seen as Orwell trying to get to socialist roots the working class.

Before I start to concentrate on Orwell the author and start to read into his writing I am going to discuss Orwell's history to give an insight into his view on politics and class status.


The British author Eric Blair, pen name of George Orwell, achieved prominence in the late 1940s. He wrote documentaries, essays, and criticism during the 1930s and later established...