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Politics And The English Language In George Orwell´S Animal Farm

867 words - 4 pages

Jess Ventura
Pre-AP English 1
Mr. Zisa
December 20, 2013

In "Politics and the English Language", Orwell illustrates the misuse of the English language in society. Orwell believes that language can be used to both actively and passively oppress a society. Orwell has five rules that connect to Animal Farm and Anthem. His rules are the following; never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print, Never use a long word where a short one will do, if it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out, never use the passive where you can use the active, never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
In "Animal Farm,” the pigs make up the 7 commandments that all of the animals in the barn must follow. Such as "Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy,"(Orwell 43) and " Four legs good, two legs bad."(Orwell 43) The commandments that the pigs created connect to George Orwell's article, because in the first quote there are words you cut a few words out and it will still make sense. Instead of saying "Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy," the author can say two legs is the enemy. In the other quote, "Four legs good, two legs bad,” this commandment is in simple terms that you use every day. Instead of saying that, the author can use four legs are superior to two legs.
Another commandment that can be changed into simpler terms is “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."(Orwell 133) This commandment sounds too repetitive and can be changed into something simpler like all animals are equal but others are better than other animals.
Squealer gave a speech about the pigs should eat what they are given. "Comrades! He cried...Many of us actually dislike milk and apples. I dislike them myself.... Milk and apples (this has been proved by Science, comrades) contain substances absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig. We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organization of this farm depend on us. Day and night we are watching over your welfare. It is for YOUR sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples."(Orwell 52) Squealer's speech relates to Orwell's essay because, the speech was technical and foreign and can be said in simpler terms.
In "Anthem" written by Ayn Rand, the...

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