The Spike

“The Spike” is an account where Orwell explores English workhouses, the attitudes of those governing the institutions and the outlook of its residents.

To get a brief idea about workhouses, watch this excerpt on Victorian workhouses.

There is also a good description of workhouses to be found here .

The Politics of George Orwell

Martin Tyrell takes an interesting look at the (funnily enough) the politics of Orwell. Read the opening couple of pages and take a few notes on the writers opinion of Orwell’s politics.

  • – is he positive?
  • -What does he identify as characteristic of Orwell?
  • – what does he have to say on “The Spike”?

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