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  1. Orwell defended socialism in The Road to Wigan Pier.

    If Socialism becomes something 'large numbers of Englishmen genuinely care about', he declares, then 'the class-difficulty may solve itself more rapidly than now seems thinkable.' But in this novel Orwell showed his scorn for many socialist intellectuals, whom he described as so bemused by 'the myth of Soviet power' and Marxist ideology that they had lost their traditional care for freedom and had failed to understand the nature of working people. The book was at both times a look at why socialism was a solution to the problems in Wigan, but a criticism and sharp critique of the type of socialism that most English were believers of.

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  2. Formative Exercise Two: George Orwell's '1984'.

    The third section describes Winston's punishment by the 'thought police' and his own betrayal to humanistic values, emotions and his love for Julia. The final submission of his individualism and capitulation to the party and Big Brother conclude that the plot of the novel, whilst capturing strands of a rebellion and a love affair, ends dispiritedly with the realities of a malignant world. Orwell's main focus of the novel is upon the reaction of the individual, Winston, to totalitarianism, love, and cruelty.

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  3. Why was Orwell compelled to shoot the Elephant and what was his feeling at the end?

    As Orwell came upon the elephant peacefully eating grass, he knew that he is not going to harm the animal, but rather watch him and make sure it doesn't go mad again. Orwell then notices the immense crowd of natives that has formed around him, all hoping to get a little entertainment. At this moment Orwell decided to shoot the elephant, although he had no intention of doing so before. Now the question is why did Orwell shoot the elephant, when he already knew that the elephant was no longer dangerous?

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  4. George Orwell is issued a challenge, one that seems near next to impossible to defeat.

    2 Orwell notices that the 'slum' people can't help it as he watches this young woman, in the depths of survival, who "knew exactly what was happening to her."3 Another aspect of the masses that Orwell exaggerates is 'the smell, the dominant and essential thing, is indescribable." Here, Orwell shows his 'snobbishness' which is later in the book diminished as he interacts with the working class. The Bourgeoisie has grown up to believe this of the working class. The lower-class people live in poor conditions, and are more prone to diseases (such as Tuberculosis).

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  5. Analysis of "Animal Farm" By - George Orwell -

    Minor characters in the story also symbolize things that are very relevant to the history of Russia. Mr. Jones is the embodiment of the old government, of the monarchy where the autocrat takes all without giving anything; he is the last of the Czars. Czar Nicholas II lost control because the spark of reformation had been ignited by the publishing of Karl Marx's book Communist "Manifesto", which led to the successful February Revolution. But first let's see what pushed George Orwell to write with such a force against the communist system, created in Russia and then transformed by Stalin in a dictatorship where the victims was none other than he's one people.

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  6. "Human interaction takes place primarily through language." Discuss the use of dialogue in works of your choice to test the cogency of this statement.

    "We gave this devotchka a tolchock on the litso and the krovvy came out of her mouth" translates as, we gave this girl a blow on the face and blood came out of her mouth. The slang of Alex and his gang is derived from Burgess's own interest in linguistics and the history of language, but to fully understand why he used Nadsat, it is necessary to look at the main themes of the novel.

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  7. George Orwell: Rebel to Patriot

    The Spanish militia was organized in a similar classless way. Everyone from private to general received the same pay, lived in the same conditions, and shared what little they had. Orwell gave part of the credit for success of socialism's early stages in Spain to the Spanish people's nature, which Orwell described in Homage to Catalonia as "their innate decency and their ever-present Anarchist tinge..." Soon after Orwell had reached the front, he was shot through the neck. When Orwell returned to Barcelona three months later with the his branch of the militia known as the P.O.U.M., he described it

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