George Orwell Opinion Piece Essay

299 WordsOct 11, 20122 Pages
Politics and the English Language-Opinion Piece “The English language is in a bad way...we cannot do anything about it” (Politics and the English Language, Orwell). George Orwell presents this very interesting thesis at the beginning of his piece which he later elaborates on to provide examples which proves his thesis. Orwell uses this thesis to develop a very effective and convincing argument about how the English language is slowly declining. Be that as it may, he later states “the process is reversible. Modern English...is full of bad habits...which can be avoided if one is willing to take the necessary trouble” (Orwell), which provides some hope for the future of this language. Orwell provides many excellent examples and further breaks down his ideas to explain and prove his thesis in an organized manner. Orwell then uses various pieces of work, written by others, as examples of incorrect uses of the English language to further prove his thesis. Professor Harold Laski writes, “I am not, indeed, sure whether it is not true to say that the Milton who once seemed not unlike a seventeenth-century Shelley had not become, out of an experience ever more bitter in each year, more alien [sic] to the founder of that Jesuit sect which nothing could induce him to tolerate” (Essay in Freedom of Expression). Orwell uses this excerpt as his first example but he states, “These five passages have not been picked out because they are especially bad” (Orwell). He uses the five chosen passages as examples to show various flaws that are present in the English language and the various mental vices from which we suffer. Orwell stated his thesis at the beginning of the piece and later provided evidence and examples which thoroughly proved his thesis

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