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Creativity...A Thing Of The Past? Essay

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George Orwell’s article “Politics and the English Language” gives six rules that authors should follow by to be good writers. After reading the article, one notices how often these rules are broken by authors all the time. George Orwell’s article makes readers question whether or not an author knows how to dictate their own thoughts. By breaking Orwell’s rules, an author loses attachment with a reader, and therefore will be unable to convey their message successfully.
George Orwell’s first rule is “never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print” (Orwell 412). Authors have a lack of creativity in their writing. They are continuously writing a ...view middle of the document...

He uses a figure of speech that expresses vagueness. It makes the reader question not only how many ways but also what are different examples. If the reader is unable to understand the author’s message they have no connection with them. If the reader has no connection to the author’s words, there is a lack of attachment between the reader and the writer. This causes a negative effect on the author’s message.
People want to be able to connect to the piece, but a writer’s vagueness makes it impossible to get a clear message. Readers want something that they can read and be able to understand exactly what the author is talking about. There is only one segment in Byrne’s article in which he begins to make this connection, which is when he compares the privacy breach to George Orwell’s 1984 and “Person of Interest”. “What we’re talking about isn’t the intrusions George Orwell imagined in is troubling novel “1984”. Pfft, what he conjured up was nothing. Fans of the CBS television drama, “Person of Interest,” starring an all-knowing computer, will better understand what I’m talking about” (Byrne). He uses a comparison that people who have read the book or seen the show can relate to. He helped them paint a mental image of what he was trying to express. He then continues to say, “it seems too obvious to spend my space here writing” (Byrne). He loses that attachment, and the reader continues to read the article with nothing more than meaningless words on a page.
The reader does not truly understand what the point of the article is, but will only remember one small part. Without any notion of what a writer is talking about, the author’s writing is meaningless. Kurt Vonnegut, author of “How to write with style”, gives a rule of writing that simply states, “say what you mean to say” (Vonnegut 67). If an author cannot convey their message clearly to the reader, then the reader may interpret it differently. At that point, authors are wasting time writing, because without a clear message their words mean nothing to everyone. An author does not have to write fancy, or complicated, but simple and clear.
Orwell’s second, third and fifth rule link with Vonnegut’s rule. They are “never use a long word where a short one will do”, “if it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out”, and “never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you...

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