Orwell includes himself when he explains this analogy- he doesn’t go on to say anything to the effect of “and this is how you compare to that in your use of language”. Instead, he says “It is rather the same thing that is happening to the English language. It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts” (Orwell 1). Without the use of pronouns, the criticisms might have been taken personally by anyone who read it and it would likely have been discredited, as people became defensive, and chances are it wouldn’t have gotten much circulation. In order to unite himself with the reader, Orwell concludes his essay with an acknowledgement of the fact that the very essay he is writing probably includes some of the mistakes he finds in the work of other writers, which contribute to the decline of the English language.
Eng. 101 September 12, 2013 Reading Response What’s So Bad about Hate? “What’s So Bad about Hate” by Andrew Sullivan is an essay that looks into the effectiveness of using the word hate. Sullivan clearly feels that this word is used too often in day to day context. Hate is a strong word and is pretty vague in meaning.
The Intro of the essay asserts the notion that the English language has been disfigured by the human race and is on the residual decline as a resultant. Mr. Orwell attributes this downfall to politics and economic causes but goes on to outline his remedy to correct what he refers to as a “reversible” process. George Orwell goes on to cite passages from several prominent essays and articles, concluding on the similarities in their staleness of imagery and lack of precision. He criticizes the passages, stating that the incompetence and vagueness of such political writings desecrates correct English prose- construction. DYING METAPHORS.
“Tacitus as a Source for the History of the Roman Principate” In light of the selections from Tacitus’ Annals and Dialogue on Oratory, Tacitus’ pessimistic almost cynical attitude is made clear to historical readers. This negative attitude in his historical writings compromises his neutrality toward the events and subjects he includes in his writing. In particular, Tacitus’ negative approach shines through in his description of the trial and death of the historian Cremetius Cordus and in his description of Roman oratory and rhetorical education during the principate. Based solely on these two selections, Tacitus’ apparent partiality would not seem to make him a helpful or constructive source for the history of the Roman principate; however,
Kozol addresses his readers so that they may spread awareness on illiteracy and eventually resolve the problem. Questions: 1. These explanations confuse the effects of illiteracy with the causes by saying that laziness is the cause of illiteracy, when in reality illiteracy is the cause of innovativeness, that an illiterate has to adopt, that is seen as laziness and stupidity. Kozol refutes these stereotypes with his examples of just how much illiteracy affects a person showing that they become almost immobilized and isolated by it. In his opinion the nation and it's leaders are at fault for not addressing this problem.
It is through these ideas that composers convey the growing complacency of those who receive the truth as the value of truth is diminishing behind the shadow of personal opinion. The subjectivity of the truth is explored in Geoffrey Robertson’s “Oz” as individuals are seen to have differing interpretations of the truth. The multiple versions of the truth make it indefinite and undefined, contributing to the complexity of truth. This is reflected in the slightly different definitions of ‘obscene’ as Judge Argyle “…read to them from the Oxford English Dictionary, which said it meant… ‘indecent’. In law, that is precisely what obscene does not mean”.
Chris ENG 101 13 September 2009 Assignment 2: Final Draft Orwell and Lederer Arguments George Orwell in “Politics and the English Language” and Richard Lederer in “The Case for Short Words” share a similar concern with bad habits forming in the English Language and its impact on a writer’s perspective in writing a good paper. Orwell’s central point in his essay is that the English Language is becoming untidy. Supporting his case, Orwell argues that bad habits are forming do to our foolish thoughts, caused by the slovenliness of our language. Of equal importance is Orwell’s insistence that all these bad habits are reversible. As Orwell states, “The habits can be avoided if one is willing to go through the trouble.
Censoring a novel because of its use of certain words without examining the context is absurd. Dr. Sarah Churchwell explains, “The fault lies in the teaching, not the book, you can’t say I’ll change Twain because it isn’t compatible with my teaching methods.” When a work contains content that could be considered hurtful it is important to teach the context behind the content, not avoid the work of literature
A major movement was the enlightenment. The enlightenment was in direct contrast to these views as it brought about a caviller dismissal of the prejudices that Burke sought to protect. Furthermore contrary to the conservative view the enlightened individuals promoted reason over reasonableness, as they believed this would liberate man from the oppression as the result of old laws. It would be foolish not to write this essay and not address Burke’s views on the French revolution. Burke opposed the instability and the reasoning of the revolution, as well as it’s potential to increase in violence and decline into anarchy, as it later did.