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Orwellian Discussion Prompts Please discuss the following questions/observations in your groups. The idea is to tease out Orwell’s argument and in doing so, begin formulating your own response to his stance. 1. “It follows that any struggle against the abuse of language is a sentimental archaism, like preferring candles to electric light or hansom cabs to aeroplanes. Underneath this lies the half-conscious belief that language is a natural growth and not an instrument which we shape for our own purposes.” Is this an example of the tail wagging the dog? 2. “…it is clear that the decline of a language must ultimately have political and economic causes.” Is it, if so how? 3. At the beginning of Orwell’s essay, he offers five specimens of English prose, which do you judge to be the least comprehensible, why? 4. Meaningless words . In certain kinds of writing, particularly in art criticism and literary criticism, it is normal to come across long passages which are almost completely lacking in meaning.”
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