Homage to Catalonia

by

George Orwell

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Williams Character Analysis

A fellow Englishman in Orwell’s militia, married to a Spanish woman. For multiple weeks, he is the only Englishman in Orwell’s company and Orwell shares a trench dug-out with him and his brother. After three weeks at the front, both Orwell and he are sent to join a contingent of English volunteers that has recently arrived. During the political persecution of the POUM, he avoids arrest and goes into hiding.
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Williams Character Timeline in Homage to Catalonia

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Chapter 1
The Possibility of Revolution  Theme Icon
Human Decency and The Absurdity of War Theme Icon
...how to put on his cartridge-box by the Spanish wife of a fellow Englishman named Williams. Meanwhile, preparations are so disorganized that some men leave for the front without their equipment.... (full context)
Chapter 2
Human Decency and The Absurdity of War Theme Icon
Subjectivity and Personal Experience Theme Icon
...stray bullets fly overhead, they are greeted by a Polish commander known as Benjamin. Orwell, Williams, and Williams’s brother-in-law immediately occupy a dug-out where they leave their belongings. A loud bang... (full context)
Chapter 4
Political Infighting and the Media Theme Icon
Human Decency and The Absurdity of War Theme Icon
Subjectivity and Personal Experience Theme Icon
...Orwell was, by the Independent Labour Party (or the ILP). Orwell and his fellow countryman Williams are told to join the men at their position at Monte Trazo, close to Saragossa,... (full context)