Totalitarian States and George Orwell

Stanisavljevic 1 Stefan Stanisavljevic Mark Livesey ENG3U1 4 November 2015 Creating a successful totalitarian state Eric Author Blair more commonly known by the pen name George Orwell was born in Bengal, India in 1903. At the age of one, Eric and his older sister Marjorie moved back to England with their mother while their father stayed in India and finished service until retiring in 1912. Eric was a bright child who wrote his first poem at the age of four. Like many other boys in England, Orwell was sent to boarding school. In 1911 he went to St. Cyprian’s in the coastal town of Eastbourne where he got his first taste of England’s class system. He was not necessarily the coolest student but had good grades. He received scholarships to Eton College and Wellington College. After completing his schooling at Eton, Orwell found himself with a dilemma in his life. Unfortunately his family did not have the money to pay for a university education. As a result, he joined the Indian Imperial Police Force in 1922. After five years serving in Burma, Orwell decided it was enough and deployed back to England. Truthfully, he was set on making it as a writer and did not care to be anything else. He struggled getting his career off the ground but eventually published his first novel Down and Out in Paris and London (1933) where he tells his story and experiences living in these two cities in poor conditions. He went off on his own and worked in some tough places such as a dishwasher trying to get his life together. Hewas in bad shape at this time in his life financially and, wishing not to embarrass his family he published the novel under the name George Orwell.

In 1934, he published Burmese Days capturing the darkness in England’s colonization of Burma. Around this time, he had started getting involved in politics and met Eileen O’Shaughnessy who shared the same views and the couple ended up getting married in June of 1936. That following winter,…

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