Politics and The English Language: George Orwell´s Literature

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The persona which Eric Arthur Blair fabricates through George Orwell, meticulously implements a paradoxical set of literary devices throughout his thesis, which has arguably forged him as one of the greatest social commentators of modern history. The thesis which spans over the body of Orwell’s work extrapolates upon the integral influence that writing has on society and to reinstate the integrity of the writer. Orwell’s essays have sparked a plethora of adverse and auxiliary opinions regarding the imperishability of his work, from those whom believe that his efforts are archaic, to those who believe that his craftsmanship of language addresses issues which had once been hidden. No matter what side of the social spectrum one categorises themselves in, it is undeniable that Orwell’s essays resonate a certain quality of genuine concern for society which is echoed throughout his formulaic journey of writing in “Why I Write”, the prophetic piece depicting politic’s influence on a writer’s conscience in “Writers and Leviathan” and in Orwell’s emphasis on the duality of politics and literature in “Politics and the English Language” which reverberates the transcendental message of his essays which shall be critically studied for years to come. As we delve into the unwavering style of Orwell’s essays, we experience the sheer influence which language has on the development of society, proving to the reader that Orwell’s work is not only a zeitgeist of his context, but is becoming undeniably prevalent within our own. This is made clear throughout “Politics and the English Language”, where the egalitarian essayist breaks down the decaying anatomy of language and its influence on the minds of society. Such a perspective is ultimately driv... ... middle of paper ... ...n one of Mary Shelley’s many existential purposes, that all of mankind has an innate duality, a balance between monstrosity and humanity. After careful consideration of both texts and their contexts, the extent of which Scott’s film noir, “Blade Runner” enhances Shelley’s purpose more fully is identified through the universal values of the definition of humanity and the dual nature of mankind. These values are spurred forward by insatiable hubris and innate ambition which is mirrored through the vastly polar contexts and textual forms. This proves that although these texts in time differ in many aspects, it is clear that, as Orwell states “The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.” Scott’s film stands out as an outlier of its time, reinforcing Shelley’s more than century old tale to the modern age, enhancing its universal longevity.

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