The Need for Simplification of the English Language as Explained in Politics And The English Language” by George Orwell

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In his piece “Politics And The English Language”, George Orwell, best known for his allegorical satire Animal Farm and dystopian novel 1984 (Orwell), makes his case that modern day English is “ugly and inaccurate”, and must be simplified in order to be perceived as necessary dialect. He also adds that many modern day pieces have two commonalities, one being the staleness of imagery and the second being the lack of precision. Next, he gives examples of how writers, especially when dealing with politics, have a variety of the same tactics and have lead to “having a meaning and cannot express it”. These tricks include dying metaphors, operators or verbal false limbs, pretentious diction and meaningless words. The abuse of these tactics has lead to “vagueness and sheer incompetence”. He continues by suggesting eliminating long words where short ones will do, and never use passive language because active language will be more effective. Furthermore, one may argue that language is simply an expression of current social conditions and that metaphors such as “explore every avenue” or “leave no stone unturned” still serve a purpose, but Orwell states these dying metaphors can, and should, be terminated if one would interest themselves in wiping them out and the people have a choice to change language (Practical Argument p. 787). In short, if we are able to simplify our English and change those bad habits, it will lead to active language.
Throughout his argument, Orwell demonstrates…

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