Lamis Al-Wazani

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6 Word Memoir

A half marathon really does hurt.

10 Rules in Utopia

1. Freedom of expression in any way is allowed, as long as it does not hurt others.

2. The government will help people who are struggling, by providing them with courses to learn how to help themselves.

3. People can vote on laws themselves.

4. The government will provide public transportation, education, and recreation.

5. Education will teach kids not only facts, but how to solve real world problems.

6. The government system can be changed by the people, if it is voted that it is needed.

7. Clean energy will be implemented, and companies will be fined if they are not being environmentally friendly.

8. Different ideas will be promoted, which can lead to new technologies.

9. People who are financially stable will be urged to share with less fortunate.

10. If someone commits a serious crime, their voice will always be heard.

George Orwell Author Study

Lamis Al-Wazani

Ms. Sibold

Honors English 9

25 January 2016

George Orwell

Eric Arthur Blair, more commonly known as George Orwell, was a well-known author. He was born on June 25th, 1903 in British ruled India. His most popular books were 1984 and Animal Farm. He usually wrote stories in the dystopian style. He was a socialist and had a strong hatred towards totalitarianism. He was a man who was conscious of too much government power.

George Orwell was born in Motihari, India but moved to England at a young age. He began writing and imagining from a very young age. He went to boarding school and it was there he noticed that poorer kids were treated worse that rich kids. While he was there he read a lot of books, he was very smart. He earned a scholarship to Eton College, but after that he had no money left, so he joined the Imperial Police Force. He was stationed in Burma for 5 years before going back to England.

Once he was in England he was determined to become a writer. He married Eileen O’Shaughnessy in 1936. He went to fight in Spain and got injured, so he came back and was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He landed a job as a BBC producer, but got tired of creating WWII propaganda. It was in 1945 that he wrote Animal Farm, which was an Anti-Soviet book. Then in 1949 he published the book 1984, which was about a dystopia with a super controlling government. George Orwell died soon after in 1950 because of his tuberculosis.

1984 Travel Brochure

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Why 1984 Matters

Lamis Al-Wazani

Ms. Sibold

Honors English 9

5 February 2016

Why 1984 Matters

1984, it has become a well-known book. What makes 1984 so important? This book is a great lesson to future generations, but also one to ours. I would go so far as to say that 1984 would be a good book to put in a time capsule that would be opened 100 years later. I think 1984 would surprise people in the future.

This book would help people in the future if they were on the way to this type of government. People in the future could find a sense of power from this book if they are being suppressed. People in the future could be reminded how human nature can never be suppressed, no matter the power of the other side trying to do so. If people 100 years from now are not worried about the past, then this book will hopefully make them curious about what existed before. Winston himself does that, “The past, he reflected, had not merely been altered, it had been actually destroyed.” This quote would hopefully make people curious about what their past was, so they can learn from mistakes and be doubtful about their future.

1984 is also so important to us now, in the present moment. The book makes people doubtful of their government, which is important. When people are doubtful of their authority, they make sure the government is not doing anything that is wrongful or inhumane. Since we have reminders like 1984, people in this present moment are not letting authority take over all aspects of our lives. The book reminds us about the sheer power of human nature, and how humans will always use this enormous strength no matter what. I think that this book would be a good thing to put in a time capsule, because it will make people doubt, while also reminding us what will happen if we lose our humanity.

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