Essay on George Clune 's Orwell And The Obvious

782 Words Dec 12th, 2016 4 Pages
Moreover, the leaders of these strong dictatorial patriotic countries are often times unstable, which “makes it possible for him to be much more nationalistic — more vulgar, more silly, more malignant, more dishonest — that he could ever be on behalf of his native country, or any unit of which he had real knowledge” (Notes on Nationalism). In essence, it leads to dehumanization of the individual and places the leader to believe he has an almost godlike power that can do no wrong, which explains Orwell’s last point of an indifference to reality (Notes on Nationalism). He explains that these types of leaders will see the wrong of what others do, but when it comes to their own actions, they fail to recognize their own faults. This is demonstrated when Syme says to Winston that the proles are not human. He views all the wrongs the Proles commit, yet fails to see his own faults.
In “Orwell and the Obvious” Michael Clune makes the argument while previously viewed as a political piece, Orwell’s novel has moved more toward a “period piece;” meaning that the book only defines the realities of its time that are no longer relevant today (4). He quotes, Harold Bloom tells us that after we have digested the voluminous criticism on Orwell, “we are driven back to what makes 1984 a good bad book: relevance.”3 Richard Epstein fears that the relevance that made it a “good bad book” vanished with the end of the cold war, and suggests that the time has now come to assign it to a different…

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