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HSC 2012 Mod B: Orwell's Essays

This prezi provides an approach to responding to George Orwell's essays, which are prescribed texts for HSC Module B, Critical Study of Texts (2012)

Julie Bain

on 6 March 2013

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Transcript of HSC 2012 Mod B: Orwell's Essays


Explore and evaluate the essays in a range of contexts {in historical, temporal, biographical, literary, political, contemporary contexts}
Determine the essays' textual integrity >>>>>>> through analysis of construction (structure), content (what's in it), language
In what ways have the essays been valued?
Why are Orwell's essays significant? Conclusion judgment
interpretation Structure
Language The essays
make consistent moral observations
transcend the time in which they were written
challenge readers' perspectives
make a contribution to literature Exploration & evaluation Textual integrity
Significance The construction of Orwell's essays challenge contemporary perceptions of the ways an essay should be structured because... While the content of Orwell's essays were relevant to an audience in the 1940s contemporary audiences find his political proclivities passé because... Orwell pontificates about the use of simple language but in 2012 readers are exposed to so many styles/types of texts that they embrace the complexity of language including use of metaphor, simile... subjective
evidence of biase
use informal language
include subheadings, extraneous material, reflections, description The content of Orwell's essays are, for an audience in 2012, anachronistic because of their constant references to... When judging the value of Orwell's texts consideration about their relevance, readability and accessibility are important because... Decisions about how relevant/accessible/interesting George Orwell's essay are, within a contemporary context, depend upon shared understanding and experience between author and reader because... Orwell's essays... (name the essays) realise a time and place that is historically and politically significant. However... (mention values/textual integrity...) Interpreting Orwell's essays, in a contemporary context, requires a clear understanding of the historical context in which the texts were constructed. Assessing the relevance of Orwell's essays for contemporary audiences requires considerable knowledge of political movements from the mid-twentieth century because... In his fight against totalitarianism, Orwell's moral observations are realised through comments like 'every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, AGAINST totalitarianism'...WIw by making 'political writing into an art'. NoN 'one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one’s own personality.' WIw 'By ‘nationalism’ I mean first of all the habit of assuming that human beings can be classified like insects and that whole blocks of millions or tens of millions of people can be confidently labelled ‘good’ or ‘bad’.' NoN 'Every nationalist is capable of the most flagrant dishonesty...' NoN 'aesthetic judgements, especially literary judgements, are often corrupted in the same way as political ones.' NoN 'the kind of book that has no literary pretensions but which remains readable when more serious productions have perished.' GbB Notes on Nationalism captures both historical and political snapshots. It comments on the reprehensible nature of totalitarianism. The scourge of totalitarianism continues to be relevant in 2012. While Orwell's world view is temporally linked to the 1940s, his works transcend this time because... Essays by definition are focussed discussions and the focus of Orwell's essays are relevant for modern audiences because... Orwell's contribution to literature is valued by audiences in 21st century because...
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