I enjoyed reading the “Why I write” by George Orwell. George Orwell tells the reader in an essay about his life, and most importantly, why he started writing. He tells us how he knew he would become a writer from an early age, but for a short period of time he wanted to abandon his dream. Before he knew it he was back on the track of his dream.
It’s interesting to read that he was feeling unseen been by his father, but this was before he was eight, and Orwell reflects that, this incident might have been the reason for, why his schooldays were miserable.
The most interesting thing I found in ‘why I write’ was that George Orwell gives us for reasons that might drive an author to write.
These are (1) egoism; (2) aesthetic enthusiasm; (3) Historical impulse and (4) political purpose
With the named reasons, it’s the first reason that drives a lot of people. This means that it isn’t only authors who write by being an ego, but scientists, artists, politicians, lawyers, soldiers, businessmen, etc.
These groups of people are most of the time selfish in the reason that they want to be remembered after their death, or they want to get back on the grown-ups who snugged them in their schooldays. There are many more reasons why people want to do things for their own, but it does not always go that way. As Orwell talked about this, he said that some people would abandon their individual ambition and start living for others. This means that they start getting children in their thirties, and so they will do everything that is best for their child or children, depends on how many you are planning to have.
The three other points are more addressed to authors and that they will choose one of these four points to write.
In Orwell’s case, however, he used a long time to know what he wanted to write about, but with his experiences he soon found out that he wanted to write for political reasons.
He said that, if he lived in a different time period he might have written differently than what he has been writing today. This means that if it wasn’t for everything he has experienced, he might have not written for political reason, but maybe for historical, egoistic or aesthetic reasons.