Language and Style in 1984 by George Orwell

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LANGUAGE AND STYLE We are going to talk about the language and style used in 1984. We studied 3 different aspects of this; firstly we studied the language and style that Orwell wrote the book in; secondly at the language and style in which some of the characters at the different parts of society speak in; and to finish the language created for the book: Newspeak.

I. George Orwell / Narrator¡¯s Language and Style

This novel is written in Orwell's typical style. That is to say in the 3rd person narrative and in a clear, lucid way. None of the words used in the novel are particularly complicated, this is due to two different things. Firstly, George Orwell was principally an essayist, he is considered to be one of the best
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And the sailors on the Floating Fortresses! Just think what they have to put up with.¡± All of this shows the Party¡¯s control over its members as they are all taught to speak the same way and to support the Party without question.

v Party Members Who Commit Thoughtcrime

Next are the party members who commit thoughtcrime. They are Symes, Winston, Parsons and Julia. The main difference between their speech or writing and the loyal Party members is that they are a lot freer with how they talk which makes it seem as though they are covering up their real feelings. Symes talks a lot about himself and his work, he shows his opinions as can be seen on page 53: ¡°¡°The eleventh Edition is the definitive edition,¡± he said, ¡°We¡¯re getting the language into its final shape©¤the shape it¡¯s going to have when nobody speaks anything else. When we¡¯ve finished with it, people like you will have to learn it all over again.¡±¡±. As can be seen on page 54 he doesn¡¯t think about Big Brother as much or as positively as he is supposed to : ¡°¡°It was B.B¡¯s idea originally, of course,¡± he added as an afterthought.¡±. He also seems more intelligent than the average party member, p56 ¡°By 2050 ¨C earlier probably ¨C all real knowledge of Oldspeak will have disappeared. The whole literature of the past will have been destroyed. Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Byron ¨C they¡¯ll exist only in Newspeak versions, not merely changed into something…

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