11 Answered Questions for the topic George Orwell
Why does Emmanuel Goldstein's book in 1984 have a title page?
I was rereading 1984 when I noticed something amiss in this passage: >A heavy black volume, amateurishly bound, with no name or title on the cover. The print also looked slightly irregular. The... more
Were the three slogans in Orwell's 1984 partly inspired by Kipling's poem "The White Man's Burden"?
George Orwell did not like Kipling at all. I quote from [this essay by Orwell](http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks03/0300011h.html#part17):> Kipling is a jingo imperialist, he is morally insensitive... more
Who or what does Benjamin the donkey represent in Animal Farm?
Benjamin is the old, irritable donkey who doesn't care who's in control, because he says that work will be the same either way. He is one of the few on the farm who can read, and who still... more
Who does the cat represent in Animal Farm?
It's well known that various characters represent real Soviet figures. Who does the cat, who is fond of shirking physical work but enjoys reaping the rewards, represent? Does the cat even have any... more
What might Syme have been thinking when he was captured?
I understand that Syme was vaporised because he overthought the concept of the newspeak, but would he have regretted being an avid follower of Big Brother and destroyer of language?
Why wasn't O'Brien considered a thought criminal?
Given that O'Brien shows a high level of awareness of the Party's deceptiveness and malice (e.g. the fact that he admitted to being involved in creating and promoting the Goldstein myth), to what... more
Who does Mollie represent in Animal Farm?
It's well known that various characters represent real Soviet figures. Who does Mollie, the horse sympathetic to the humans, represent? Is she just a generic non-Soviet sympathizer or does she... more
What does "toby" mean, in London slang of Orwell's time?
In the George Orwell poem ["A Dressed Man and a Naked Man"](https://www.orwellfoundation.com/the-orwell-foundation/orwell/poetry/a-dressed-man-and-a-naked-man/), two men are haggling for the... more
What does Old Major in Animal Farm represent?
Old Major, the elder pig in *Animal Farm*, seems to have a different role than the younger ones. I believe he has a different view, but after he dies, the young pigs don't follow his legacy. What... more
What's the significance of "Oranges and Lemons" in 1984?
The popular London nursery rhyme [Oranges and Lemons](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oranges_and_Lemons) is quoted and partially recited several times throughout *1984*. Winston learns about it from... more
What is the greater meaning of the thrush?
In *1984*, Orwell devotes a few lines to a singing thrush that lands several feet away from Julia and Winston during their first secret meeting. > A thrush had alighted on a bough not five... more