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George was born Brian Arthur Blair, on June 25 1903, in Bengal India, a protectorate of the British government, to a British official Richard Blair and to a governess, Ida. His mother moved back to Britain to raise her two children, as it would have been norm of any British woman. His formative years were spent with his mother and sister and his love for the English language saw her mother enroll him into St. Cyprian. This move in his life can be attributed to so many other things in his life and the reason he did things the way he did them. It molded his perspective on authority and decision-making.
When he was fourteen, he was admitted into Eton a prestigious school where he excelled and acquired the bad habit of smoking, an indulgence that would later cost him his life. When time came for him to go to university, which he had qualified, he opted to serve in the British imperial police, a move perceived as his way to “feel” what authority entailed.
He also served as police officer in Burma in a powerful position for such a young and inexperienced officer. He did his duty with grace at first but the inhumane condition and treatment of the locals by the police started to erode his pride and his sense of duty (Hitchens, 143). Four years into the service, Arthur resigned and returned to Britain to pursue his newly discovered passion of writing; a move that did not auger well with his dad.
The late 20s found him in a midlife crisis of trying to worm himself into a position of comfort in his life. He did menial jobs here and there while trying to reconnect with his humanity, through interacting with trumps by pretending to be one. He then went to Paris in 1929, and his experiences there inspired his first book, Down And Out in Paris and London. When producing this book, he took the literal name of George Orwell; a name that would survive his true identity.
The successes of his first book saw him delve into his
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The main theme of manipulation runs through all other subsidiary themes in the novel 1884, like repression, loyalty, rebellion, psychological manipulation, memory and the past etc. Even the name, George Orwell is manipulated and his real name is Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950)!
His early life was not very rosy but he overcame the challenges to emerge one of the greatest writers I the world today. He had a wife and together they adopted a child (John and Kathleen 3). Orwell’s family lived in India during his early days. His father was a civil servant, who worked in India, a British empire by then, where he lived with his family until their return in 1904.
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slang as particularly offensive. He makes this clear when he states that good writing has
nothing to do with “Americanisms” or with proper use of grammar and syntax.
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