Aspidistra is a houseplant, particularly popular among the middle classes of Victorian England (1850-1900) because of its minimal requirements for thriving. It was so popular that every self-respecting home was required to have an aspidistra in the window.
Gordon Comstock, however, hates aspidistras because of what they symbolize: middle-class respectability. In the same way he hates money, which everyone worships as a god.
He thus chooses a job with no particular rewards, resulting in a life of misery and misery, which deprives him of all creativity and inspiration from the poetic vein he believes he possesses.
The only one who tolerates him in this life of decadence is the sweet, patient Rosemary, but also the only one who motivates him to escape from it all. Orwell writes another novel of social criticism drawing on his personal experiences. He sketches the interwar era, giving its economic, social and political footprint, as insightful and penetrating as ever…