George Orwell Introductory PowerPoint

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George Orwell
A Brief Biography
Meet George Orwell
“Liberty is telling people
what they do not want to
hear.”
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George Orwell
Meet George Orwell
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George Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair in
1903 in Motihari, Bengal, India.
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He was not Indian; his father was a civil service
worker for the British government.
Eric Blair later adopted the pen name George
Orwell for its “manly, English, countrysounding ring.”
Orwell’s Early Years
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In 1904, Orwell moved to Britain with his
mother, where he stayed until the age of 19.
He began to write at an early age, dictating
poetry to his mother and finding refuge in
words and ideas.
He was sent to boarding school at the age of
eight.
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Orwell would later write about his unfavorable
experiences there in Such, Such Were the Joys.
Orwell’s Young Adulthood
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Since he did not earn a scholarship to college,
Orwell instead opted to take a job in Burma
with the Indian Imperial Police.
He would write about this in Burmese Days.
In Burma, he began to despise British
imperialism and colonial rule.
Orwell as an Adult
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During the 1930s, Orwell became a Socialist
and fought in the Spanish Civil War.
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This experience made him begin to hate
Communism.
He then gravitated toward British Socialism.
During WWII, he served as a British sergeant
and a journalist for the BBC.
Orwell as Social Commentator
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As Orwell wrote about his wartime
experiences, he emerged as someone willing
to question any group’s ideology.
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“Shooting an Elephant”
Homage to Catalonia
Animal Farm
1984
Animal Farm
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Part of Orwell’s inspiration to write this book
was his witnessing a boy whipping a horse.
“It struck me that if only such animals became
aware of their strength we should have no
power over them, and that men exploit animals
in much the same way as the rich exploit the
[worker].”
George Orwell
Animal Farm
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Journal
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What makes a good leader?
List attributes and explanations in notebook.
Discussion
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Why do you think a government – or a leader –
might be overthrown?
What makes people dissatisfied with their living
conditions?
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