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567 George Orwell: Collected Works of George Orwell

The Collected Works of George Orwell comprise a compilation of Orwell’s writings, including novels, essays, and non-fiction works that explore themes of political oppression and social commentary.



The Collected Works of George Orwell bring together the literary and journalistic contributions of George Orwell, a renowned British author and social critic. The collection includes Orwell's most famous novels, such as "Nineteen Eighty-Four" and "Animal Farm," as well as a wide range of essays, letters, and non-fiction pieces. Orwell's writings are known for their incisive social commentary, political insight, and exploration of themes such as totalitarianism, propaganda, surveillance, and the dangers of authoritarian regimes. Through his works, Orwell sheds light on the abuses of power, the manipulation of language, and the struggle for individual freedom in the face of oppressive systems. The Collected Works of George Orwell offer readers a comprehensive view of Orwell's contributions to literature and provide a thought-provoking exploration of political and societal issues.


  1. Title: Collected Works of George Orwell 
  2. Author: George Orwell 
  3. Publishing Year: 2021 
  4. Publisher: Maria Ntemourtsidou 
  5. Length in Hours: 23 hrs and 34 mins


5 main ideas

  1. Political Oppression and Totalitarianism: Orwell's works examine the dangers of totalitarian regimes, highlighting the erosion of individual rights and freedoms under oppressive political systems.
  2. Manipulation of Language and Propaganda: Orwell explores the power of language as a tool for control and propaganda, emphasizing the importance of critical thinking and the preservation of truth.
  3. Social Injustice and Class Struggle: Orwell delves into issues of social inequality, poverty, and the struggle between the ruling class and the working class, highlighting the dehumanizing effects of socioeconomic disparities.
  4. Surveillance and Loss of Privacy: Orwell's writings anticipate the rise of surveillance technologies and the erosion of privacy, raising concerns about the implications of constant surveillance on individual autonomy.
  5. Resistance and Individual Freedom: Orwell presents characters and situations that embody resistance and the quest for individual freedom, emphasizing the power of dissent and the importance of preserving personal liberties.

5 funny quotes

  1. "Happiness can exist only in acceptance."
  2. "The object of power is power."
  3. "The only way to deal with bureaucrats is with stealth and sudden violence."
  4. "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever."
  5. "To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle."

5 thought-provoking quotes​

  1. "In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
  2. "If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear."
  3. "War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength."
  4. "The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection."
  5. "Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable."

5 dilemmas

  1. The dilemma of personal freedom versus collective responsibility in a totalitarian society.
  2. The ethical dilemma faced by individuals caught between loyalty to their government and the recognition of its corrupt practices.
  3. The moral dilemma of sacrificing personal integrity and truth for the sake of political expedience.
  4. The dilemma of the individual in navigating power structures and maintaining their humanity in a dehumanizing society.
  5. The dilemma of political activism and the potential consequences of resisting oppressive regimes.

5 examples

  1. In "Animal Farm," the character Napoleon represents Joseph Stalin.
  2. In "Nineteen Eighty-Four," the Party's propaganda department is called the Ministry of Truth.
  3. In "Shooting an Elephant," the protagonist works for the British Imperial Police in colonial Burma.
  4. Orwell's essay "England Your England" discusses the cultural and social aspects of the British society during World War II.
  5. Orwell's "Keep the Aspidistra Flying" portrays the struggles of a young man named Gordon Comstock who works in an advertising agency.

Referenced books

  1. "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley
  2. "1984" by George Orwell (self-reference)
  3. "The Road to Wigan Pier" by George Orwell
  4. "The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism" (fictional book within "Nineteen Eighty-Four")
  5. "Politics and the English Language" by George Orwell (self-reference)

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