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By Anthony Stewart

In its research of Animal Farm , Burmese Days , retain the Aspidistra Flying and Nineteen Eighty-Four , this publication argues that George Orwell's fiction and non-fiction weigh the advantages and prices of adopting a doubled viewpoint - in different phrases, seeing one's personal pursuits when it comes to these of others - and illustrate how decency follows from the sort of standpoint. setting up this dating inside of Orwell's paintings, Anthony Stewart demonstrates how Orwell's characters' skill to regard others decently depends on the characters' relative capacities for doubleness.

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Similarly he is a frightful snob—still (he must forgive me for saying this), and a genuine hater of every form of snobbery” (221). Gollancz seems intuitively to understand Orwell’s doubled sensibility, here described as “half” and “both-and,” although he characterizes the capacity in negative terms. The sheer quantity of such contradictory descriptions of Orwell emphasizes his success in avoiding simple characterizations. 14 It is always more important to Orwell to express his solidarity with the majority of English people, in whom he never loses faith, than with the much smaller population of his assumed peers.

209) Winston reads this passage twice, emphasizing the importance of the description within the novel. Orwell’s decision to repeat this particular passage lends to it a deeper resonance, which becomes audible when we remember the author’s own ongoing attention to the struggle between the high, the middle, and the low—not to mention the “ins” and the “outs”— and his determination to carve out a constructively doubled place for himself, which does not adhere exclusively to any one position in the established arrangement.

Nevertheless, his characteristically doubled posture has made him impossible to ignore and may now be seen—at a time when traditional hierarchies are slowly being broken down and new social relations must be negotiated on an ongoing basis—as topical in a whole new way. ORWELL AND RACE Another significant result of placing Orwell’s work in the context I am proposing—focused on the importance of doubleness and decency—is an appreciation for his incisive critique of the British Empire, based on race.

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