Write an essay about England
The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius” is an essay byexpressing his opinions on the situation inBritain. The title alludes to thein the full. The essay was first published on 19 February 1941 as the first volume of a series edited byand Orwell, in thepublished by.
It expressed his opinion that the outdated British class system was hampering the war effort, and that in order to defeat, Britain needed a socialist revolution. Therefore, Orwell argued, being a socialist and being a patriot were no longer antithetical, but complementary. As a result, “The Lion and the Unicorn” became an emblem of the revolution which would create a new kind of socialism, a democratic “English Socialism” in contrast to the oppressing Soviet totalitarianand also a new form of Britishness, a socialist one liberated from Empire and the decadent old ruling classes. Orwell specified that the revolutionary regime may keep on the royal family as a national symbol, though sweeping away the rest of the British aristocracy.
The first part of the essay, ““, is often considered an essay in itself. With the introductory sentence “As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me.”,the content sheds some light on the process which eventually led Orwell to the writing of his famous dystopia,. The text is also influenced partly by his other experiences in the, which he published his memoirs of in ““. His beliefs molded there of the dangers of totalitarianism and his conviction forto defeatandare evident in all of his future novels such asandbut are expressed here without allegory.
The second part is entitled “Shopkeepers at War”, and the third is “The English Revolution”.