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His points about the importance of using euphemism in political writing are equally fascinating. He likens the use of euphemism to his earlier assertion about using Latin phrases, saying that both end up blurring one’s true message.
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Another example that Orwell hones in on are “Meaningless Words”, something that a lot of young writers struggle with. When met with word counts and page requirements it is easy to add extraneous adjectives that contribute nothing more than another word to the word count. Not only do these adjectives fail to add anything substantial to your writing but they also detract from the concise and beauty of your written words.
Politics and the English Language Essay Questions | …
Orwell starts out by defining the reasons why a writer writes; he analyzes the motives, whether conscious or unconscious, behind a writer. Sometimes people write for mere amusement purposes, namely sheer egotism and aesthetic enthusiasm. Sometimes it is a writer's curiosity to fathom truths and facts about history. However, most often, people write with a political purpose. Orwell believes one's writing can never be completely free of political view points and ideas. One's writing is inescapably entangled with the politics of one's era and society. Orwell says: "Once again, no book is genuinely free from political bias. The opinion that art should have nothing to do with politics is itself a political attitude...I am a person in whom the first three motives would outweigh the fourth" (5) This is ironic because two of Orwell's most famous works, 1984 and Animal Farm, are extremely political. This leads us to question whether Orwell intended the two novels to be political. Is there another way of interpreting the books? Another perspective?