Commentary essay on why I write
George Orwell in his essay “Why I write”, written in 1946 and published in London, addresses the reasons that made him become a writer and eventually sets four main general principles that are the main drive force for every piece of writing. “I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention and my initial concern is to get a hearing.” By showing his inner drive to write he portrays a greater picture about writing as he shows how one writes consciously about what concerns one’s feelings and subconscious thinking. The four main principles of writing that Orwell presents in his essay are sheer egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse and political purpose.
In addition for each of these principles the author gives a thorough explanation. Sheer egoism stands as a principle for all the writers that tend to show off their ability to write and to express in a high fashion of writing. Aesthetic enthusiasm stands as a principle for writers which have the desire to share an experience and feelings. Historical impulse stands as a...
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...he mass of people expects him to act that way. As he is white and he does not want to be humiliated by a ‘yellow crowd’ as referred in the story he goes through catharsis and decides to kill the animal just for the sake of authority and power that he has to show off to that Burmese mass of people.
The principles of writing as analyzed and presented in Orwell’s essay “Why I Write” are specific reasons for which many writing is made and as well main perspectives of writers besides any differences in gender, race, belief or age. (continued…)
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George Orwell’s 1946 essay ‘Why I Write’ is enshrined with a set of innate values adhered to and advocated by Orwell himself. In recounting his personal journey in becoming a writer,...