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Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work George Orwell re-uses many of his themes in order to get his point across In Why I Write Orwell states that one of the reasons he writes is for political purpose He expresses this theme in his essays An Episode of Bed-wetting and St Cyprians as well as his novels 1984 and Animal Farm In An Episode of Bed-wetting and St Cyprians Orwell expresses how he feels about the politics in the school St Cyprians While attending St Cyprians Orwell and many of the other boys who were not rich were treated unfairly Sambo the headmaster and Flip his wife always seemed to look down upon the boys who were not rich and did not have titles Orwell even tells the reader The rich boys had milk and biscuits in the middle of the morning they were given riding lessons once a week Flip mothered then and called them by their Christian names and above all they were never canned Atwan 166 In An Episode of Bed-wetting Orwell mentions the Sixth Form It was a group at school made up of older boys who were selected as having character and were empowered to beat smaller boys Atwan 16 It was made clear by Orwell that this tradition was a bit strange But after his second beating he claimed the second beating seemed to me a just and reasonable punishment Atwan 18 Orwell is trying to make the reader understand that the administration at St Cyprians has corrupted the boys by making them think that the Sixth Form is an appropriate way of handling matters Orwell states in Why I Write that he is against totalitarianism and for democratic socialism Atwan 418 George Orwell published 1984 in 1949 the same year that the Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb The arms race that followed the Soviets development of nuclear weaponry quickly escalated
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