My attention veered
back to the specific, the tangible, to what was generally considered" (Didion 2)
"By which I mean (I am)
" writer or a "
" writer but simply a writer, a person whose most absorbed and passionate hours are spent arranging words on a piece of paper" (3)
"Why I Write" comparisons of George Orwell and Joan Didion
By: Emanual Kasegne
George Orwell- "Why I Write"
Why did Orwell Write?
Joan Didion- "Why I Write"
Why Did Didion Write?
George Orwell was born in Motihari, India in 1903
At an early age, Orwell would make up stories because he was lonely and believed nobody cared about him
He would grow up to be very strongly opinionated, addressing subjects such as imperialism and communism
Orwell died of Tuberculosis in January of 1950
Orwell's tone in his "Why I Write" was
"I had the
child's habit of making up stories and holding conversations with imaginary persons" (Orwell 2)
"And looking back through my work, I see that it is invariably where I
a political purpose that I wrote
books and was
into purple passages without meaning, decorative adjectives and humbug generally" (7)
It is pretty simple why Didion writes.
Did he have some apprehension, a shadow? Why had he forgotten to bring note cards to dinner that night? Had he not warned me when I forgot my own notebook that the ability to make a note when something came to mind was the difference between being able to write and not being able to write? Was something telling him that night that the time for being able to write was running out?
Joan didion essays why i write ..
and what I
However, Didion isn't really sure why writers write, as she leaves that up to the reader to decide.
"Let me tell you one thing about why writers write: had I known the answer to any of these questions I would have never needed to write a novel" (6)."