Analysis Of George Orwell 's ' Politics And The English Language '
FWIS Word Magic
16 November, 2015
Political Language The language used in politics features many linguistic devices that deliberately confuse the audience. George Orwell describes these devices and their use by politicians in his essay “Politics and the English Language.” In this work, Orwell shows how the power of language can be used to convince people of the value of ideas even if there is little actual truth or value to them. While to most the importance of communication is honestly reported factual information, politicians often use intentional devices to confuse and mislead their audience. The task of being successful in an election brings many politicians to present exaggerated positive claims about themselves and their records of success. These claims often feature Orwellian devices that deliberately confuse the audience. Politicians running for office utilize the techniques of glittering generalities, dying metaphors, and pretentious diction more often than those in office.
This work will focus on comparing how office holding politicians use language devices to avoid giving direct information versus candidates seeking office. Members of both parties will be analyzed, and the results will be compared based on the prevalence of the devices in their language. For the purpose of this work, the devices analyzed will include the usage of glittering generalities and the Orwellian device of pretentious diction. The work of research was…