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What is George Orwell's real name?

Eric Arthur Blair


When and where was George Orwell born?

25 juni 1903, India


When did he start writing poems?

At the age of 4


When did he have hist first literary success?

At the age of 11; one of his poems was published in a local news paper


Did he go to university?

No, his family didn't have the money to send him to university. Instead he joined the Indian Police Enforcement in 1922


How is his first book called and why does he have a pseudonym ?

Down and Out in Paris and London and he didn't want to embarrass the family


Which disease was he suffering from and when did it take place?

Tuberculosis in 1938


What type of work is "The Spike"?

  • The Spike is an essay in which George Orwell tells us about his experiences in a workhouse which is known as a spike
  • He explains to us how life in such a workhouse was and how he was treated


What is the turning point in "The Spike"?

The turning point of the story comes almost at the very end;the turning point occurs when George is allowed to leave the spike. He then gets the chance to go into wide open again to look for money and/or a job. Everything written before this event are just describing his experiences in the spike, so that’s why this can be seen as the turning point of the story.


Name 2 very important works of George Orwell

  • 1984
  • Animal farm


What's 1984 about?

Winston Smith wrestles with oppression in Oceania, a place where the Party scrutinizes human actions with ever-watchful Big Brother. Defying a ban on individuality, Winston dares to express his thoughts in a diary and pursues a relationship with Julia. These criminal deeds bring Winston into the eye of the opposition, who then must reform the nonconformist. George Orwell's 1984 introduced the watchwords for life without freedom: BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU


What's 'Animal Farm' about?

it's a great commercial success when it appeared because international relations were transformed as the wartime alliance gave way to the Cold War


Why were these two particular works so famous?

George Orwell critised the government of that time (and how the future probably will be)