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Politics and The English Language in George Orwell´s Animal Farm

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In "Politics and the English Language", Orwell illustrates the misuse of the English language in society. Orwell believes that language can be used to both actively and passively oppress a society. Orwell has five rules that connect to Animal Farm and Anthem. His rules are the following; never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print, Never use a long word where a short one will do, if it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out, never use the passive where you can use the active, never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
In "Animal Farm,” the pigs make up the 7 commandments that all of the animals in the
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In "Anthem" written by Ayn Rand, the government manipulates the rules of their citizens and also the government tells the citizens how to act and talk. Citizens are mortified to step one foot out of their own house “There is fear hanging in the air of the sleeping halls, and the air of the streets. Fear walks through the city, fear without name, without shape. All men feel it and none dare speak.” George Orwell’s essay connects to this because it is unvarying and can be cut into simpler terms. Instead of repeating the word fear, the author can say fear walks through the city without name, and without shape. “It is a sin to write this. It is a sin to think words no others think and to put them down upon a paper no others are to see. It is base and evil. It is as if we were speaking alone to no ears but our own. And we know well that there is no transgression blacker than to do or think alone.”(Rand 1) When Equality wrote this, the government obviously did not want him to because it was a “sin.” Equality’s letter reflects to George Orwell’s writing because there are phrases that can be translated into every day English equivalent.
In “Anthem,” the author, Ayn Rand, uses words just for the sake of writing. For example, “Know what you want in life and go after it. I worship individuals for their
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