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A biography of george orwell by mrs rafalski

A Biography of George OrwellBy Mrs. Rafalski

“Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.”


Real name eric arthur blair

Real Name—Eric Arthur Blair

  • Lived 1903-1950

  • Born in India

  • Moved to England as a small child

  • His childhood dream: “From a very early age, perhaps the age of five or six, I knew that when I grew up I should be a writer.”

  • His pen name: George “sounds solidly English” and Orwell is the name of “a river in Suffolk, England”


Orwell s education

Orwell’s Education

  • Attended expensive preparatory schools in England

  • Grew up “lower-upper-middle class”

  • “Felt inferior to upper class boys at school”


Life after school

Life After School

  • Served in Burma with the Indian Imperial Police

  • Quit because he hated the racism

  • “I hate violence and don’t believe in politics; the only major remedy remaining is education.”


Career path

Chose to live in poverty

Worked as a dishwasher

Wrote Down and Out in Paris and London

Exposed harsh working conditions of the poor

Investigated England’s coal-mining industry

Wrote The Road to Wigan Pier

Exposed terrible conditions of the miners

Career Path


Effects of these jobs

Effects of These Jobs

  • Grew to hate a “class system”

  • Became a socialist

    • Socialism

      • All goods in a country are shared with others

      • No one has more than others

      • For example, “You have two cows. The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor.”


To make ends meet

Writing wasn’t paying the bills

Other jobs:

1. Teacher

2. Grocer

3. Bookshop

assistant

4. BBC writer

Fought in Spanish Civil War against communists

Shot in the throat in battle

Wrote about this war

Homage to Catalonia

To Make Ends Meet


Personal life

Married in 1936

Diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1938

Adopted son in 1944

Wife died in 1946

Remarried in 1950 (three months before his own death)

Personal Life


Most famous works

Most Famous Works

  • Animal Farm

  • Published in 1945

  • Wrote it “to expose [Joseph] Stalin’s perversion of socialism”

  • Fusion of “political and artistic purpose”

  • Immediate commercial ($) success

  • Quickly translated into many languages


Most famous works1

Most Famous Works

  • 1984

  • Published in 1949

  • His final novel

  • Grim vision of future society

  • “Big Brother” is watching/controlling all

  • Considered a masterpiece


Final thoughts

Final Thoughts

  • Suffered a tubercular hemorrhage (lung bleed)

  • Died in 1950 at age of 46

  • “Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist or understand.”


Works cited

Works Cited

Cover of Novel Animal Farm. 12 Oct. 2006 <http://217.207.178.138/cgibin/bridgemanImage.cgi/

400wm.HBC.2771420.7055475>.

Cover of Novel 1984. 12 Oct. 2006 <http://pictures.abebooks.com/IDLERBOOKS/md/md229616146.jpg>.

Ershler, Norman. The Orwell Reader. 1995. Nov. 2005 <http://www.theorwell reader.com>.

George Orwell’s BBC Union Card. 12 Oct. 2006 <http://www.netcharles.com/ 1-george-orwell.jpg>.

George Orwell’s Gravesite. 12 Oct. 2006 <http://www.zardoz.net/orwell/110-Headstone.eighth.jpg>.

George Orwell’s Older Face. 12 Oct. 2006 <http://www.george-orwell.org/ ~sub/images/george-orwell-5.jpg>.

George Orwell’s Younger Face. 12 Oct. 2006 <http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/o/orwell/george/orwell.jpg>.

Sammis, Kathy. Perma-Guides to Literature. Jacksonville, Illinios: Perma-Bound Books, 1992.

Stewart, Garrett. "Orwell, George." World Book Online Reference Center. 2007. Mountain Pointe High School, Phoenix,

AZ.  18 Oct. 2007 <http://www.worldbookonline.com/wb/Article?id=ar406780>.


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