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Orwell said in an essay titled Why I write : "It is my purpose to fuse political purpose and artistic purpose into one whole." How far does Orwell achieve this in 1984 ?

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  1. One of the most political aspects of the book is its original conception of war
  2. It is also worth noticing that the novel contains many similarities with Stalin's communist regime
  3. Orwell really intends to show real political life in totalitarian regimes, but its content and style are far from being a political treatise

It is to be remembered that George Orwell fought for the Republicans (against Franco) in Spain towards the end of 1936. It was during this battle that Orwell was wounded. We know that George Orwell's ?Nineteen Eighty-Four' (published in 1949) publication was given this title because the novel was written in 1948. The novel was written during a muddled phase of global political unrest and on the other hand, a sense of calmness which was being weathered. Indeed it was the time when the Second World War had consummated and the downfall of Hitler's Nazi regime. It was at that time that Stalin's regime in the U.S.S.R. still deported the enemies of the Party to gulags. Further, the Cold War between the U.S.S.R and the United States of America had just triggered out. The U.S.S.R was regarded as the most totalitarian regime until Stalin's death in 1953. Orwell's work directly or indirectly criticizes totalitarianism and praises democratic socialism. This is evident as each and every line of his serious work that [he has] written since 1936 reiterates this criticism and appreciation. Considering those thoughts, it is an indisputable fact that Orwell's novel ?1984' as well as his previous political allegory on Animal Farm is both a literary masterpiece and a treatise on politics and totalitarianism.

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