Analysis Of George Orwell 's ' Why I Write ' Essay

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Homage to Catalonia is one of the most important celebrations of revolution in English literature. In this account of his experiences with the POUM militia in Spain, he makes clear his commitment to both working class struggle and to socialism, and at the same time his steadfast opposition to Stalinism and its apologists. Such were the conclusions he drew from the Spanish Civil War and they were to inform his political attitudes for the rest of his life. In a later essay, 'Why I Write ', Orwell was to recall the way his Spanish experiences influenced him: “Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic socialism” (Orwell, Collected Essays 28). It was in Spain that he first came to fully believe in the possibility of socialist revolution and it was in Spain that he witnessed at first hand the destruction of that possibility at the hands of the Communists.

Orwell begins his account of his Spanish experiences by describing an incident that in many ways captured the meaning that the revolution had for him personally. The curse of class difference that had confronted him like a wall of stone in England, that prevented a middle class socialist like himself from becoming one with the working class, was overthrown in revolutionary Barcelona. It seemed for Orwell that the revolution that calls for equality did not have nationality but concerns all human beings:
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