GEORGE ORWELL AND THE SAPHIR-WORF THEORY

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GEORGE ORWELL AND THE SAPHIR-WORF THEORY

Post by LCRodriguezA11B on Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:20 pm

The saphir-worf theory says that language determines and influences on how an individual perceives, describes and experiences reality. For this text,i will use the pryramid model which connects language, culture and literature.

On George Orwell's work we can evidence how everthing he lived inspired him to write the majority of his books and essays. Starting with Burmese Days, based on his experience as a police officer in Myanmar, an event that lead him to develop despise against imperialism. After this, he had various jobs, he worked as a teacher but his health problems oblied him to quit the job, his experience as a teacher inspired him to write A clergyman's daughter. Then, he got a job in a book store in Hampstead, he wrote about this in Keep the Aspidistra Flying. By 1936 Orwell started to write The Road to Wigan Pier, where he talks about the deplorable living and working conditions of english people, specially the working class and their jobs in mines, it also includes their view and managament of politics, here he did a research on their lifestyles and also complaints about them. Until this point, we can obviously evidence that his life are his books, but that will be even more strongly embodied by the event that marked his writting and life.
During 1936 and 1937 Orwell made part of the Spanish civil war, this changed his views on the world, specially on politics. In his time there, he observed how the lack of social structure was messing up the conuntry and how propaganda was used to spread lies by the maniplulation of information. He was almost killed and his political party was declared illegal, this situation leaded him to escape the country and go back to Engalnd. All of these episodes were his inspiration to write Homage to Catalonia.
A few years later, he participated in WW2, as a member of the Home Guard, an organization of volunteers that worked as a force supporting the British Army's troops to deal with the invasion of England by Nazi Germany. He received a metal for this and his experiences are shown in War Diaries 1940-1942.
But the works that made him worldwide known are 1984, in which he portraits a futuristic totalitarian society and introduces the term "big brother". Animal Farm talks about the corruption in Stalin's socialist Russian Revolution. These two are his most known books. Now, we see that his experiences influenced pretty much everything he wrote about, this can be the cultural part, but he was influenced by other literature too, in some of his essays we can evidence Orwell's admiration for Jack London, Charles Dickens, Jonathan Swift and Herman Merlville. But, how does he influences us today? Let's start with language, we now have an adjective thanks to him, which is "Orwellian" and is use to describe " a situation, idea, or societal condition that George Orwell identified as being destructive to the welfare of a free and open society. It denotes an attitude and a brutal policy of draconian control by propaganda, surveillance, misinformation, denial of truth, and manipulation of the past, including the "unperson"—a person whose past existence is expunged from the public record and memory, practised by modern repressive governments." [1]. Also, he introduced the term "big brother" to literature. In the cultural and literature part, his work inspires other works and help us to understand and show us the effects of wrongly managed societies that live suppressed, kind of foretells the present situation of modern countries and is a tool to talk about politics, political oppressed societies and a huge source of inspiration for different adaptations in music, operas, theater, cinema and television series.


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