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In this essay Robert Pearce contends that Leo Tolstoy and George Orwell share more similarities than not He also maintains that Tolstoys writings influenced George Orwell He claims that particular passages in Animal Farm can be linked to some of Tolstoys writings With this in mind he concludes that the relationship between the two is worthy of further study Pearce opens his essay with references to passages that depict Orwell in his own essay blatantly attacking Tolstoy and Tolstoys criticism of Shakespeares King Lear Pearce uses this to show the two men as polar opposites in both their temperament and their artistic aims par 1 However he continues by asserting that in reality Orwell admired Tolstoy and that Tolstoy furnished him with material for one of the most significant episodes in Animal Farm par 2 In this opening passage the reader realizes that Pearce is familiar with essays written by Orwell with Tolstoys works with biographies of both men and to the history of the times in which Orwell and Tolstoy wrote Pearce is able to show how with the passages he chose to cite the two writers can be seen as opposites Pearce maintains that Tolstoys railing against King Lear was not only a result of the likenesses between King Lear and Tolstoy but also because Tolstoy envied Shakespeare and his reputation Likewise he claims the same holds true for Orwell Orwell admired Tolstoy Orwell felt that Tolstoy would be able to sustain any attack made by him because Tolstoy was great par 3 In this instance Pearces use of the word superficially indicates that he does not agree with the general view of Orwells relationship with Tolstoy Pearce continues to back up his assertion that Orwell admired Tolstoy by citing examples of comments made by Orwell about Tolstoys works and characters in his works He maintains that Orwell was familiar with many of Tolstoys writings even those that were
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