Theme Of Politics And The English Language By George Orwell

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George Orwell’s 1946 essay, Politics and the English Language, brings forth themes of deception, honesty, and political bias through the eyes of the author himself. Orwell begins the narrative by refuting standard assumptions of the English Language, and that language is a reflection of the shape of society. “Our civilization is decadent and our language--so the argument runs--must inevitably share in the general collapse” (127). The essay’s deeper concerns of how language is shifting and perhaps limiting expression are troubling yet serves as a reminder of Orwell’s “Newspeak” in 1984. Orwell’s extensive use of metaphors, similes, and imagery depict his growing concerns of contemporary writing styles. Orwell’s introduction gives insight into his beliefs of the collapse of the English language through his distaste for meaningless words. “Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it” (127). He argues that English is a tool and its erosion is human-made rather than a natural process. Orwell further suggests simplifying language without convoluting the meaning. Complex words such as “loquacious” or “ebullient” could be better understood by readers if simplified to “talkative” or “cheerful.” The essay begins to shift its focus from Orwell’s view of contemporary English to bringing five examples of written pieces that exemplify the prior
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