1984 : Living Through George Orwell 's Life Essay

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1984: Living through George Orwell’s Life A quick internet search reveals that between 1900 and 1950, there were greater than seventy-five wars in the whole world. Of this number, Great Britain was involved in about a third of these wars, including of course, the two world wars. George Orwell, a British democratic socialist, was born in 1903, and lived through this troublesome era. Ultimately, his suffering from depression and sickness, his views on totalitarian government, and his experience with war, influenced his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, arguably making his work one of the best dystopian novels ever published. George Orwell started working on Nineteen Eighty-Four towards the end of his life. He began the first draft in 1949 and died in January 1950, so he did not get to live through the success of his work. Orwell’s last few years were difficult, and many wondered how he even managed to write a book during such a time. His illness started at a young age; he was often sick with bronchitis and the flu. Mr. Orwell was then officially diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1938. At that time, there was no effective treatment for the disease. Yet that wasn’t the worst of it. In March of 1943, George Orwell’s mother, Ida Mabel Limouzin Blair, died. Then in early 1945, Eileen O’Shaughnessy, his wife of 9 years, died during a hysterectomy. After starting the second of his famous works, one being Animal Farm and other being Nineteen Eighty-Four, Orwell entered himself into a…

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