Tagged: George Orwell

1984

Orwell’s 1984 is as relevant today as it was at the time of it’s creation. It’s interesting that dystopian Science Fiction seems to work better than all philosophical or scientific warnings about the future. 1984 is one of the most influential novels ever written; it had a profound effect on the world. Since its publication in 1949 many of its concepts have entered into mainstream language. Expressions like Big Brother, doublethink, thought-crime, Newspeak and Room 101 are all derived from Orwell. What’s more, as a result of the book, Orwellian is now a term to describes official deception, secret surveillance,...

George Orwell: A Hanging

Essay It was in Burma, a sodden morning of the rains. A sickly light, like yellow tinfoil, was slanting over the high walls into the jail yard. We were waiting outside the condemned cells, a row of sheds fronted with double bars, like small animal cages. Each cell measured about ten feet by ten and was quite bare within except for a plank bed and a pot of drinking water. In some of them brown silent men were squatting at the inner bars, with their blankets draped round them. These were the condemned men, due to be hanged within the...

George Orwell: Politics and the English Language.

“Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it. Our civilization is decadent and our language — so the argument runs — must inevitably share in the general collapse. It follows that any struggle against the abuse of language is a sentimental archaism, like preferring candles to electric light or hansom cabs to aeroplanes. Underneath this lies the half-conscious belief that language is a natural growth and not an instrument which we shape for our own purposes.”