George Orwell's Contributions to Society

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Orwell’s Impact

As a renowned writer and political conscience, Eric Authur Blair, better known as George Orwell, shaped the world around him through his words, presence and literary works. With his most famous pieces of fiction, Animal Farm and 1984, Orwell gave a brave, unique insight to a conflicted audience of a rapidly changing time. While the people’s opinions were tangled in the confusion of communism, propaganda and totalitarianism, this man gave a voice for the intellectualists and urged people to “go against the prevailing wisdom” (Rodden 217). Even after his death his words rein true and are valid today. Many individuals of all different political beliefs and idealisms still find his life’s work relevant to the events and important developments of our time. The novella Animal Farm was considered to be one of his most influential works, and “has had astonishing success for a book rooted in politics” (Baker vi). To say that Orwell’s piece was an eye-opener to his generation was an understatement. Using the undertone of an innocent “fairy story”, George Orwell greatly changed that way people thought of their government and the way it was controlling them, instead of the other...
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