Why I Write? - Paper 4

Why I Write? - Paper 4

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  • Date Submitted: 01/12/2009 6:26 AM
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George Orwell “Why I Write”

In George Orwell’s essay “Why I Write” the author tells the reader about his reasons for writing. He describes his own writing from 4 or 5 year-old age till his present days.
Somehow it is not boring at all to read George Orwell’s own experience of writing. It is unusual to read such self-criticism of the writer about his early works. The essay is read not like a serious work, describing the long formation of George Orwell as a serious writer, but like an adventure in his life. He makes it quite interesting to read. Everything is told in a very precise and laconic way. There is nothing out of place.
The author also describes 4 types of motives for writing:
← Sheer egoism
← Aesthetic enthusiasm
← Historical impulse
← Political purpose

George Orwell tells that almost every writer has the first motive for writing – sheer egoism. He tells: “All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery.” Actually, I agree with George Orwell on this statement. I think that nowadays almost all fiction is commercialised. Most writers, when they write their books, think about profit – how big the edition can be, how much money they can make from it. Cupidity can also be added to the list of examples for sheer egoism. I think it’s not right.
Also I think it is not right to use fiction for purposes like “getting your own back on the grown-ups who snubbed a writer in childhood" just because the writer has some kind of inferiority complex. On the other hand, strongly marked artistic people are a little different from other people. They are more vulnerable. So, in this case, maybe they do need some kind of revenge, but not using literature for this purpose.
Some authors, for example, Stephenie Meyer, the author of the novel “Twilight”, according to what she said about her book, write a book so it further could be filmed. I think a great many of the writers...

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