George Orwell, may have changed the world with his book "1984", but what brought him to the point where his writing reflected such deep political insight? Has his books changed the world?
The book, "Why I Write", gives some insight into these questions, and into the author and is useful in understanding all of his works.
A group of independent movie theaters across the country soon will begin showing the movie "1984" as a Presidential protest. This political use of a movie is unusual in itself but the ideas in that movie seem more commonplace now. Why has the movie and the book, "1984" resonated so much right now/
In the book "Why I Write" The author gave four reasons for writing. One was to write for a Political Purpose. He described the word political to mean:
"Desire to push the world in a certain direction, to alter other people's idea of the kind of society that they should strive after".........
He said that "no book is genuinely free from political bias". (see "What Matters" section of this blog for the other 3 reasons)
The book also shows the impact of his life experiences on his thinking. He was born in India and he served with their Imperial Police and also in the Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War. Knowing that and also his thoughts about why to write add a lot to his books messages and conclusions.
George Orwell gave 4 good reasons to write in his book "Why I Write".
1. Sheer egoism. This is probably obvious but he also suggested that writers share this with scientists, artists, politicians, lawyers and others.
2. Aesthetic enthusiasm. This has to do with the beauty of the world.
3. Historical impulse. This is the need to let folks know the facts.
4. Political purpose. This, in part, is "the desire to push the world in a certain direction, to alter people's idea of the kind of society that they should strive after".
I don't see anything, in any of the 4, that couldn't have the idea of being genuine added to it. If the person is motivated by a sincere and genuine desire, rather than one intended to deceive, then these all can be answers to the question, "What Matters". This was previously posted in the What Matters sectio