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1984 Background Info

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Jenny Banh

on 15 February 2013

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George Orwell 1984 Novel 1984 is set within a dystopian society where the government sees all and controls all. The main character, Winston Smith, lives a mundane life, pondering his existence. He hates the oppression that the government holds over the people and the submissive nature of the people around him. Author Eric Blair, otherwise known as George Orwell, was born June 25, 1903 in Motihari, Bengal. At the age of 4, he and his family moved to England and in 1917 he began his studies at Eton. After finishing his course work at Eton, he joined the Imperial Indian Police but later resigned. Later, he was in the Spanish Civil War as a volunteer fighter and in World War II, a member of the home guard.

During the creation of 1984, Orwell had fallen ill, yet he still pursued the completion of the novel. He died, January 21, 1950, seven months after the publishing of 1984. Time Period 1984 was written as a response to the Stalin/ Soviet Union era. Big Brother strongly resembles Stalin in physical appearance and the Oceanian society was similar to that of Europe at the time of World War II. Orwell's creation of 1984 served as a warning for society and the threat of totalitarianism. He played on the idea of what may happen if Europe became overrun by a all-powerful figure. Background Information Work cited http://www.orwelltoday.com/whyorwell.shtml
http://www.netcharles.com/orwell/articles/1984-background-info.htm
http://www.george-orwell.org/l_biography.html
http://www.mondopolitico.com/library/1984/1984.htm
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/may/10/1984-george-orwell
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