Sure, we all recognize that and Animal Farm are classics, but they are somehow diminished in stature by the fact that we read them in grade school. Worse, having been force fed these two, most folks are unlikely to continue on and read the rest of his work. This is a real shame, because it means that they miss out on some of his greatest writings. In fact, you could make a compelling argument that the most important book he wrote was actually Homage to Catalonia. Everyone, even if they were being disingenuous, could praise his two dystopian novels, because they were set in imaginary worlds and only alluded to the real world and actual events.
A Collection of Essays - Politics and the English Language Summary & Analysis
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George Orwell is known around the world for his satirical novella Animal Farm and his dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four , but he was arguably at his best in the essay form. As its title suggests, Orwell identifies a link between the degraded English language of his time and the degraded political situation: Orwell sees modern political discourse as being less a matter of words chosen for their clear meanings than a series of stock phrases slung together. Orwell concludes with six rules or guidelines for political writers and essayists, which include: never use a long word when a short one will do, or a specialist or foreign term when a simpler English one should suffice. We have analysed this classic essay here. This is an early Orwell essay, from In it, he recalls his possibly fictionalised experiences as a police officer in Burma, when he had to shoot an elephant that had got out of hand.
Orwell begins by providing five writing samples culled from disparate sources which illustrate later points made in the essay; these samples are clearly noted as bad examples. Orwell then summarizes several common writing errors, including: the use of dying metaphors; false operators - that is, entire phrases that stand for single words; pretentious diction; and, the use of meaningless words. Samples of bad English writing are provided for each. Using bad English is easy, and good English writing demands attention.
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