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George Orwell

The dog that comes joyfully bounding up to the condemned Hindu prisoner in the prison yard only sees the prisoner as just another person he can play with and lick in the face. The dog doesn’t see...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2016 3:07 pm UTC

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In this essay, Orwell examines the motivations that drive writers to write (a topic which, as Orwell understands, is ultimately a deeply personal one, with the particularities varying from one...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2019 8:43 pm UTC

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In this disturbing story, Orwell explores and accentuates the trauma suffered by those who participate in and witness the taking of a human life. The mood is somber and has a surreal quality about...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2017 7:18 am UTC

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By the time he came to write Nineteen Eighty-Four, Orwell had already elaborated on this image and the ideas surrounding it in his wartime essay "England, Your England." Here, he wrote: The...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2020 12:00 pm UTC

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George Orwell writes his first-hand report of his experience in a French hospital as a distant observer. This can be be said because while he gives his feelings and reactions ("I lay down again,...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2010 6:31 am UTC

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Situational irony is a literary technique in which a particular expectation is created by the author for their readers—yet something quite the opposite happens instead. In this story, the narrator...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2019 10:58 pm UTC

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George Orwell's often humorous 1936 essay "Bookshop Memories" takes a thesis suggesting that working in a bookshop will only turn one off of books—and, perhaps, book readers in general. There is a...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2018 4:04 pm UTC

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1. I would ask him what he thinks of all the political correctness in today's society--since he focuses so much on language in his essays and novels (especially 1984). 2. I would also ask him how...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2009 5:31 pm UTC

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In my opinion, the narrator reacts this way because this is the first thing that the prisoner does that shows that he is not just a machine and that reminds the narrator that this is an actual...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2010 2:35 am UTC

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I am sure that there are many different ways to interpret George Orwell's essay "A Hanging." For me, though, the main idea is the surreal effect of seeing someone die and knowing that you are a...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2020 8:00 am UTC

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George Orwell's essay "The Prevention of Literature" deals with attacks on free speech and intellectual liberty, and the danger of totalitarianism for the writer. The main points are as follows....

Latest answer posted June 16, 2020 8:38 am UTC

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George Orwell's thesis in "A Hanging" can be put in his own words: I saw the mystery, the unspeakable wrongness, of cutting a life short when it is in full tide. It can also be paraphrased...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2019 2:04 pm UTC

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It is clear that this powerful essay presents capital punishment as a profoundly dehumanising thing. Again and again, the essay describes the way that condemned prisoners are treated and the manner...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2013 9:37 am UTC

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The unprecedented catastrophe that was World War II (1939–1945) almost certainly prompted George Orwell to write Notes on Nationalism (1945). In the first paragraph, Orwell states that the term...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2019 12:04 pm UTC

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This quote is taken from "Politics and the English Language," an essay in which Orwell argues that the English language is in "a bad way." Specifically, it has deteriorated as a result of vagueness...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2017 8:13 am UTC

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George Orwell is one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. His novels, novellas, essays, and journalistic output have inspired countless writers who came after him. His essay...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2018 6:08 am UTC

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George Orwell’s writings often examine the plight of oppressed people, whether it be an allegorical story like Animal Farm, a dystopian novel like 1984, or an essay about the treatment and status...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2015 3:46 pm UTC

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George Orwell is perhaps best known, especially to those who have attended American high schools, as the author of two prominent works: Animal Farm and 1984. However, he did far more than write...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2019 5:49 pm UTC

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Although these novels are very different in their settings and characters, they share some common themes. The first of these is power. Specifically, in both novels, Orwell explores the idea that...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2018 9:26 am UTC

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George Orwell is one of the most celebrated writers of the twentieth century. This is for good reason. He created some of the most memorable works of literature of the time period, and these have...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2020 7:21 pm UTC

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Orwell created "Newspeak," a language that "grows smaller every year" (67) and whose overt purpose is to remove the nuance of language. For example, the word "good" has an "Oldspeak" antonym...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2015 7:41 pm UTC

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Sensory description is defined by its ability to combine as many of the five senses as possible in order to create a strong image of what the writer is trying to describe. It therefore is...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2013 8:04 pm UTC

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George Orwell's initial anecdote in "Books vs. Cigarettes" regards the opinion that books are an expensive hobby, one that is out of reach for the common, middle-class person. Orwell proceeds to...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2012 6:39 pm UTC

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In addition to the chronological structure of his narration, George Orwell employs several patterns of development to explain his purpose for writing along with his writing process to "make...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2010 6:20 am UTC

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Both the short story "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut and George Orwell's 1984 posit dystopic future worlds. In "Harrison Bergeron," everyone is "equal": They were equal every which way....

Latest answer posted March 4, 2020 9:48 pm UTC

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Postcolonial theory looks at a work of literature or a situation from the point of view of the colonized, not the colonizer. George Orwell's essay "A Hanging" can be considered postcolonial because...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2020 4:19 am UTC

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It has been pointed out at times how administering rule over an occupied and oppressed people gradually but surely degrades the humanity in the occupier. In his 1936 essay “Shooting an Elephant,”...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2013 3:58 am UTC

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"Books vs. Cigarettes" is George Orwell's defense of reading as a viable, renewable, and relatively inexpensive hobby, versus cigarettes as one-time consumables. Because books may be bought once...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2012 5:38 pm UTC

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The overriding aim of Lord Alfred Tennyson's "In the Children's Hospital" is to show that despite everything, it is not true that "the good Lord Jesus / has had his day." Tennyson wraps this...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2010 8:50 am UTC

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Stylistically in these two (and other) essays, Orwell uses an approach that describes his intimately personal reactions to the scenes and people around him, coupled with a direct, almost...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2018 3:13 am UTC

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Both Frye and Orwell and think that language has a fundamental impact on the the development of society. They both regard the use of language as being inseparable from larger political and social...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2013 4:31 pm UTC

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George Orwell was seldom in the best of health. Despite his often vigorous writing style and the copious amount of books and articles he wrote, he himself had a rather weak constitution, which only...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2020 11:07 am UTC

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If there is a prevailing motif in George Orwell's writings, it is a deep concern for society, especially social justice and the rights of the individual, in a changing modern world. This theme is...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2012 6:13 pm UTC

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One of the principal ways in which Orwell expresses his personal discomfort in this essay based on his experience as working as a colonial policeman in Burma is through his own response to seeing...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2011 6:52 pm UTC

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I do not think I would say they did something bad, at least not something that was an immoral act on their part. I think it's more fair to say that they did something "awesome" or "awful" -- I'm...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2010 2:24 am UTC

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To me, the most important cause in the story comes when the man who is on his way to be hanged steps to one side to avoid stepping in the puddle. When he does this, the narrator realizes something...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2010 1:00 pm UTC

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This is going to be a challenging answer. One reason why Orwell might have written "A Nice Cup of Tea" might be due to the fact that Orwell loved tea. His experiences in growing up in India and...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2009 10:39 pm UTC

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When analyzing poetry - it is easier to look at techniques used first, then interpret how they are used to figure out the overall meaning of the poem. A few preliminary questions you shoud answer...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2010 8:59 pm UTC

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In my opinion, the falling action is everything that happens after the man is hanged. After that, the main tensions in the story start (at least a bit) to be resolved. The main tension in the...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2010 4:08 am UTC

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If we pull together 1984, Animal Farm, and the essay "Politics and the English Language," a common reason for the degeneration of language is that it serves the interest of those in power. In both...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2019 2:35 pm UTC

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In my opinion, the rising action of this short story is everything that takes place before the man is actually hanged. The rising action in the story consists mainly of changes in the thinking of...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2010 3:00 pm UTC

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I assume that you are asking about the effects in this story -- the things that come from the causes. If so, I think that the real effects are the ways in which the speaker and the other...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2010 1:04 am UTC

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In my opinion, this kid represents sort of the bad side of human nature or the bad side of the narrator of the story. In the story, the kid comes along after the hanging and seems totally oblivious...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2010 2:31 am UTC

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In his essay, “Politics and the English Language,” George Orwell says that the term ‘democracy’ is problematic. In fact, he classifies it as a “meaningless world” because it does not have a clear...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2016 11:40 am UTC

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I think that one can find a great deal of support of the political purpose motif in Orwell's writing. On one hand, there is a definite belief in Orwell's writing that there is political relevance...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2012 10:39 pm UTC

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"What I have most wanted to do through the past ten years is to make political writing into art." "Why I Write" is a short essay written by George Orwell and published in a magazine in 1946. It is...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2020 10:10 pm UTC

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I think that one of the fundamental points in the essay is a universal understanding about capital punishment. It is at this point where Orwell is able to speak about the universal condition of...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2013 4:32 am UTC

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The fact that George Orwell throughout his career wrote consistently in favor of democratic socialism has seemed puzzling to many people, especially to Americans. His best-known works, Animal Farm...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2020 9:22 pm UTC

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I guess this depends on what you mean by "soon." To his credit, the narrator does recognize that what they are doing is inhuman even as they are doing it. He recognizes that right at the point...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2010 2:42 am UTC

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To be technical, George Orwell did not always write about Communism. Orwell's themes were really directed against imperialism that he saw while living and working in Burma as well as his dislike...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2011 8:27 am UTC

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