Treatment of Democratic Principles and Individual Action Essay

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Treatment of Democratic Principles and Individual Action

George Orwell's legacy in literature can be reflected in his great novels Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm, two political satire novels that criticized the basic foundations of political systems prevalent during his time (mid-20th century), specifically, Stalinism/socialist-communist leadership that 'governed' the Soviet Union during this period of modernization. While he was known for the political nature of his novels, he has also written essay that provoked analytical thought through his deconstructive narrative of topics that seemed to be non-political. In these essays, Orwell was able to "politicize" these topics, critically exploring their nature and dynamics and contextualize his analysis in the overall political environment from which these topics emerged and prevailed. Examples of these seemingly 'apolitical' topics are sports and "good bad books," and insightfully, writing. For the discussion that follows, each topics that were given analytical treatment are represented through the following essays by Orwell: "The Sporting Spirit," "Good Bad Books," and "Writers and the Leviathan."

It could be said that Orwell's writing style is analytical. Further, this ability
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to analyze about the important and the mundane becomes more effective because he provides a different worldview about topics that are reflective of democratic principles and freedom of individual action. In "The Sporting Spirit," for example, Orwell 'politicizes' sports by thoroughly analyzing the competitive nature of sports. Interestingly, Orwell looked at how, for example, competing football teams from the Soviet Union and Great Britain was actually a display of a fight for nationalistic and state superiority, wherein a team's victory would mean victory for one country and international shame for the losing team's country. In fact, Orwell termed sports as "mimic warfare": it replaced the act of going into war by engaging in an activity that is highly competitive, yet does not explicitly articulate the political ramifications of said competition to both competing countries. As in the example of Dynamos and Arsenal football teams, the conclusion of the game does not end with one team winning; ultimately, a conflict of international political scale has just started as a result of this new political status (winner and loser) established by the outcome of the football game.

Orwell extended his analytical…

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