Although he grew up in modest means, his family lineage was from the English aristocracy. That didn't stop him from living among the impoverished or from inking crude tattoos on his skin, tattoos that his associates knew warded off snakes and errant bullets.
At times his medical care was undertaken by charitable institutions where he saw the circumstances of how the poor die when they can't afford decent health care. He became a spokesman for those that had neither the talent nor the opportunity to voice the distrust and discontent that were a part of their daily routines. He spoke for them because he was one of them, sometimes working as a servant or laborer and frequently living with his parents, friends and relatives, because he couldn't afford anything else.
Blair was emotionally affected by a public hanging and he used the experience the help round out his character and sharpen his skills as a public voice. He was known to attend meetings of the Communist Party - whether to participate as a follower of the idiom or as an observer of the social construct is difficult to determine. You decide that for yourself.
With each foray into and away from the depths of poverty and oppression he became more strident and vocal, and with that he became more visible to those around him and politically above him. He donned a uniform and became totally immersed in Marxist, Socialist, and Communist issues as he fought in a bloody civil war that eventually led him into hiding, a target of opportunity from all sides of the fight.
By this time Blair had some skills necessary for writing propaganda, and for a while he earned his living as a government propagandist. Although his public views on Stalin and Communist Russia still didn't fully define his embrace or rejection of socialism, his talent for understanding government ideals was becoming evident to the common reader. Blair didn't trust government. He was dubious that his fellow citizens were well enough educated, or even inclined, to recognize that rampant corruption of government would destroy the society it was intended to protect.
As his writing grew in popularity his books and essays became part of the popular lexicon and affected how citizens viewed their nations. Today you and I toss out his ideas as simple words and phrases to define our own discontent and doubt about our governments and ourselves. Cold war, thought police, doublespeak, thoughtcrime, and Big Brother are as common to us as the concepts of freedom of speech, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence.
Eric Arthur Blair's prophetic novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four" was published under his pen name, George Orwell, just a few months prior to his death in January 1950. This site, as a platform for political expression, is dedicated to the premise that everyone has a right and obligation to remain a free thinker, each with a voice and a willingness to express an opinion about their government.