Liberty In Pacifism And The War By George Orwell And Lady Liberty By Delacroix

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Attaining Liberty
Liberty is one of if not the most highly desired things in this world today and in the past. In many countries people beg and fight for liberty but other places people have it given to them. Throughout history there have been examples of countries resulting to violence and warfare in order to attain the liberties they seek. The United States, in the Revolutionary War, fought for their liberties and their freedom, and the French during the French Revolution fought for theirs as well. Eugene Delacroix painted a well known picture depicting this event called “Liberty Leading the People” showing Lady Liberty leading the French through a battle while raising the French flag in one hand and holding a rifle in the other, uniting her people through war. Over 100 years later, George Orwell wrote a commentary piece during WWII stating how no country should stand aside and be pacifists during war. In order to beat enemies a country cannot just lay down instead they must take action to defeat them, push for peace aggressively, and come together as a country with undivided morals. Both Orwell and Delacroix demonstrated how in order to attain freedom a country cannot be pacifists but must take aggressive action and come together as one to achieve their desired liberties.
In Delacroix’s painting the most prominent figure is Lady Liberty leading the charge of men through battle. The battle looks violent and there are a lot of casualties but everyone seems to be following Liberty as she raises the French flag in her right hand just as if the people of a country would be following what would ensure them freedom, which in this case is war. The painting can be looked at two different ways. One way is Lady Liberty leading the charge of men in battle towards a common goal and the other is the people uniting under one cause and following Lady Liberty to victory. So Lady Liberty is either seen as the leader of these men in battle or the common goal that the men united under. Both ways have the same meaning of uniting and fighting for the cause of freedom. The men fighting are depicted as young, old and rich and poor but they are fighting for the same cause. The people of a country must agree and unite, show pride in their country, and fight enemies when necessary to achieve total liberty. Lady Liberty is also holding a rifle in her left hand symbolizing that the achievement of freedom and liberties may be unattainable without forms of violence and warfare which relates to Orwell’s point on the problems with Pacifism.
George Orwell’s commentary “Pacifism and the War” show’s his disgust with Britain’s and other countries decision to attempt to be pacifists during the war. He states how “if you hamper the war effort of one side you automatically help that of the other side.” (Orwell 283). He claims how Hitler and Germany are the world’s enemies at the moment and that they need to be stopped in their tracks in order for the liberties of the surrounding...

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