George Orwell's Letter To 1984 Summary

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The letter was written as an answer by George Orwell. His answer was to the question “whether totalitarianism, leader-worship, etc., are really on the up-grade, given that they are not apparently growing in England and the USA.” This question and answer was asked and replied to three years before he wrote 1984. The audience for this letter is presumably the person who asked the question and maybe others who would be curious to see his answer (presuming they saw the question that was asked). The purpose of this letter seems quite obvious. The text is meant to be a reply to a fans question. The question and answer could have been one of the main reasons that Orwell decided to write 1984. Due to the fact that he must have thought that the question…show more content…
there is no such thing as a history of our own times which could be universally accepted”, “Hitler can say that the Jews started the war, and if he survives that will become official history. He can’t say that two and two are five, because for the purposes of, say, aballistics they have to make four. But if the sort of world that I am afraid of arrives, a world of two or three great superstates which are unable to conquer one another”. In these two quotes he shows logos in the sense that logically he believes that there is no such thing as ‘one true’ history because logically each person from different countries would have their own versions and their own history. For example, there would be nothing in German history about the Russian revolution because it did not affect them. The second half of the second quote shows his use of pathos a lot more than logos because he uses the words “I am afraid” which show the reader again his emotions. However, the first half he thinks logically about what could happen if Hitler won that he could change the history about who started the war because he would have been the leader and like he believes people move towards a leader to help them with what to think and do

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