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The Impact of Stalinism in 1984 Truly one of the greatest anti-utopian novels in history George Orwells 1984 is a nightmare vision into the future of a world controlled by totalitarianism Meyers 144 Through the character of Winston Smith Orwell expresses his negative views on totalitarianism in Stalinist Russia and closely links the events in the novel to actual history George Orwell the assumed name of writer Eric Arthur Blair was born in 1903 in Bengal India His father Richard Blair was a British official in the Indian civil services His mother Ida was a governess and the daughter of a teak merchant in Burma Orwell George 1019 Orwell had one older sister named Marjorie who was born in 1898 Shelden 15 Throughout his life Orwell and his father had a very strained relationship until his fathers death in 1939 Shelden 11 As a result of his parents class prejudice Orwell had few friends as a child because he was not allowed to play with the common children He eventually invented an invisible friend named Franky to play with Shelden 19 In 1911 Orwell was sent to St Cyprians a preparatory school on the Sussex coast Known for his intelligence Orwell was distinguished among the other boys by his poverty and intellectual brilliance Orwell George 1020 After attending St Cyprians he attended Wellington college for nine weeks in 1917 Shelden 59 He won several scholarships and decided upon attending Eton from 1917 to 1921 His first writings appeared in the college periodicals at Eton After leaving Eton Orwell traveled to Burma as assistant district superintendent in the Indian Imperial Police Orwell George 1020 On January 1 1928 he resigned his position to go to Paris and pursue a career as a writer Kalechofsky vii During the following years he lived in the slums of England and France working as a dishwasher and living in cheap lodging houses to gather material for his
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