ENG101 Politics in English Language Summary Response

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Fountain 1 George Fountain III February 18, 2010 ENG101 “Politics and the English Language” by George Orwell In George Orwell’s article, “Politics and the English Language,” he exhibits many rhetorical strategies to inform the reader of how the modern English language is “[collapsing]” (Orwell 1). I disagree with this philosophy for a several reasons. Orwell lays the troubles of modern English language on politics and the economic, which lend the idea of imitation. With examples from powerful speeches and pieces, Orwell makes his points known about the lack of quality imagery within the writing and “less words chosen for the sake of their meaning” (2). According to Orwell, there are four main tricks that are used in modern English that take away from the quality of writing, including dying metaphors, false verbal limbs, pretentious diction, and meaningless words. Orwell points out that the elimination of simple verbs and use of passive voice tends to have the reader lost with the flow or structure of the piece. With the unnecessary
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This note was uploaded on 01/22/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Stegman during the Spring '09 term at Catholic University of America.

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