Analysis Of George Orwell's Political Language

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Political language "is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind "according to George Orwell, who believed that the language used is meaningless and its intention is to hide the truth by those who exercise political power. The essay "Politics and the English Language" became a powerful work for the writers, journalists and teachers, thus the author creates a “poetics” for political language appointing the main rules and problems that determine the truth not to be said. While reading George Orwell’s essay I agreed and disagreed with his opinions and solutions for an improved English, consequently, I gathered evidence to prove my claim which is versatile because during…show more content…
These rules sound like:”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. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.” But his rules are attacked by Wild Bill who thinks that for example, writers and speakers can use the passive voice and still be clear and have sincere motives, and they can use it and still pinpoint responsibility. Also, sometimes specialized words are fine, as are foreign words. Sometimes you need a specialized word or term, such as voi dire, to be precise, or déjà vu which is an expression that cannot be replaced by other English words and the same thing happens with words/terms, like schadenfreude. In conclusion, George Orwell’s essay “Politics and the English language “can still be used as an example for the nowadays politicians because in his work are exposed rules and necessary ideas that hold off the manipulation so that human affair can be conducted morally and ordinary people can actually understand the speeches that are not sophisticated and have a precise
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