‘The Hanging’ (1931)
‘Shooting an Elephant’ (1936)
‘Why I Write’ (1946)
Having read these three essays by Orwell and noting the dates they were published, I would have to say that what is important to Orwell does change to a certain extent, but some important things remain constant. The main thing that changes is his political awareness. In ‘Why I Write’ he states that.
Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic socialism, as I understand it.
He makes clear that his experiences as a police officer in Burma and his subsequent experiences of ...