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Why did Orwell attack the Russian revolution in an ironical way?

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tjone22 | Elementary School Teacher | eNoter

Posted July 28, 2012 at 11:27 PM via web

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Why did Orwell attack the Russian revolution in an ironical way?

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 29, 2012 at 1:26 AM (Answer #1)

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Orwell, a socialist, was convinced that the Russian Revolution had strayed from its original purpose, and he was appalled by the reports of repression and  brutality that characterized the Soviet regime under Joseph Stalin. He mean to underscore an age old theme, namely that power corrupts, and that we ought to be very careful about restricting individual liberties. Orwell chose an allegory (he called the book a "fairy story") in part because it enabled him to give an almost event-by-event description of the Russian Revolution and the rise of the Soviet Union without simply rehashing the history. It was a powerful critique because the readers drew the parallels in their own minds, without Orwell being overly didactic. 

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