Melville, Orwell, and a Brief Theory of Empire

8 Responses

  1. In spite of the author’s emphasis on the subject, I am hardly surprised by the chance of two, age-separated authors, detailing their antagonistic opinions of the empire. Conquest and colonization were heavy issues, and, with every generation, Melville and Blair volunteered to be the iconoclasts of their age. I found it interesting to learn that both writers worked for the “machine” and expressed a few feeling of apathy towards their experiences

  2. Cadet Jeff Sleger says:

    This article is a very insightful work into the inner workings of empire and the symbolism used to characterize it. The author did a very good job of proving his point that both authors, Orwell and Melville, were and are very similar in their writings of empire and the reasons this is such.

  3. fancher says:

    This article helps give readers a solid background on why Orwell and Melville wrote the way they did. Their satiric methods for writing what they did, put much emphasis on the downsides to empire. In addition, the article helps go into depth what empire is all about and a variety of novels in which demonstrate these ideas. Without a doubt, if a reader wants to know more about empire and satirist methods of writing, this article is definitely worth reading, as well as novels including Animal Farm and Moby DIck, which dive deep into the concepts and four quadrants of empire.

  4. Cadet Benner says:

    This author did a great job tying Melville and Orwell together. Through this Article you can actually see similarities not only within the works but also with the actual authors childhood. I think the author did a great job of portraying each person. It was totally unbiased and has very good background knowledge.

  5. Peter Jensen says:

    I thought it was good seeing how the two authors are so smiler to each other. How they come from two walks of life and there works show it but they talk about the same things about empire. I also like the textual support with in the article.

  6. Sandor Farkas says:

    To the editor- in your notes, you ask for other lesson plans- so here re some questions I wrote:
    -What contemporary writer is analogous to Orwell and Melville?
    -What would both of these writers think about this article? Would they agree with its message? Why or why not?
    -Find a contemporary example of each stage of empire. What nation (s) are in empire’s full-swing? What one are rising? Falling?
    -What kind of empire literature would you write if you were an author? Why is this?

  7. Cadet Camille Hamilton says:

    This journal is a very interesting read. It brings up valid points of how these two writers lived their lives and the effects on their writing. To any untrained eye their style of writing would seem to have little to nothing to do with their lives. This article helps build the bridge to show readers a deeper meaning. My favorite concept is how the journal points out the difference in how a line in Animal Farm is written. “Jones does not “shoot his gun” but “lets fly a charge of number 6 shot” into the darkness:”. This difference is a big factor in how a book is read. It brings another factor to the reader. Over all, this journal is very enlightening and interesting.

  8. J.P. Martinez says:

    Great introduction to The Empire Theory of Literature. Could it not be said that every work of literature is a representation of empire (even though it may not directly fit into one of the your four categories). The thing that Orwell and Melville depicted in their work is merely a reflection of their existence. What sets them apart is that empire took a leading role in their lives and that is what bled so poetically into their work.