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My A2 literature class is focusing on contextually comparing The Handmaid's Tale and 1984. While I understand The Handmaid easily enough, I struggle with 1984.

I read somewhere that Orwell didn't agree with Winston Churchill but fully supported Clemont Atlee? But I think I might've got my wires crossed. I'm so confused.

If anyone knows any British context for 1984, please will you let me know?

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(Original post by romia017)
My A2 literature class is focusing on contextually comparing The Handmaid's Tale and 1984. While I understand The Handmaid easily enough, I struggle with 1984.

I read somewhere that Orwell didn't agree with Winston Churchill but fully supported Clemont Atlee? But I think I might've got my wires crossed. I'm so confused.

If anyone knows any British context for 1984, please will you let me know?

Thank you
You could check in our TSR resource library here, which is a collection of study materials from other students. It looks like lots of the Orwell focus is on Animal Farm, but there is some interesting context

I also used to use sparknotes which I find really useful
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Margret Atwood actually copied the structure of Orwell's 1984 a little bit.

"Even 1984 has a coda, and the coda is a note on Newspeak, which was the language being developed to eliminate thought, making it impossible to actually think," she says, revisiting a theory she's held for some time, but that is still not commonly accepted or known. "The note on Newspeak at the end of 1984 is written in standard English in the past tense, which tells us that Newspeak did not persist. It did not win."
And while The Handmaid's Tale's ending is more uplifting than 1984's, it's still not completely spelled out for the reader until they read the appendix, a clear nod to Orwell.
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/blog/we-re...wood-1.4105314
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George Orwell was a democratic socialist and was in Revolutionary Catalonia (1936-1939) during the Spanish Civil War where it was occupied by a load of anarchists (as well as other libertarian socialists) - this is where he wrote 'Homage to Catalonia'. He may not have liked Churchill due to the fact he was quite the war-hawk and not a fan of socialism, and I think Atlee was more of a fan and was briefly a member of the Socialist League.
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