Critical Analysis Of 1984 By George Orwell

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Adam Huang AP Literature and Composition Critical lens: New Historicism February 23th, 2017 1984: A book of George Orwell and 20th Century History The last book of George Orwell, 1984 is always considered by scholars to be a “Life Summary of Orwell”. However, the book is not merely about what George Orwell has experienced. More importantly, the book presents a mirror to Soviet Union and other similar political institution in his time, and a future prediction of the so-called “Communism” world. Through the utilization of minor characters, compelling story line, and the sophisticated characterization of the major character, 1984 maintains its place in the great literature canon. Part One: Critical Lens Undoubtedly, 1984 has a compacted relationship with George Orwell’s own life. In 1911, Orwell entered a lower-class boarding school in Britain. The school contained many totalitarian features: bullying, whipping, anti-intellectual actions. "the plaster flaked constantly from ceilings and walls, the pipes burst in every hard frost, the roof leaked whenever there was snow" (Orwell 10), “Children no older than you had to work twelve hours a day for cruel masters who logged them with whips if they worked too slowly and fed them on nothing but stale breadcrusts and water”(Orwell 34). These elements of horror and suppress in the setting of 1984 , are all derived from Orwell’s childhood memory of the school. Besides Orwell’s own experience, 1984 is also a mirror to the history of

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