Compare/Contrast English Advancement Essays

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Compare and Contrast:
George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” and Martha Brockenbrough’s “Does IM Make U Dum?” Using the English language effectively can be difficult at times. You must consider many factors: who your audience is, what kind of tone you wish to convey, the message you are attempting to get across, and any kind of lasting effect wished upon a reader’s mind. After reading through two essays, Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” and Brockenbrough’s “Does IM Make U Dum?” each reveals different mindsets about the advancement and usage of the English language. On one hand, Orwell seems to advocate the simplification of speech and writing. Rather than seemingly sagacious phrases, useless terms, and
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Choosing the wrong style for an audience will only serve to perplex or annoy them. For example, first grade teachers would not speak to a president in the same manner as they would addressing their classroom, since first graders and presidents are in different environments and have far different mindsets (as well as general education level in this case). Similarly, addressing a group of people online in the same manner as a room of scholars will only result in laughter and ridicule, due to the inappropriateness of the vocabulary. Orwell gears his views towards an audience of the general public and does not isolate any particular group of people. He believes there are certain words and phrases commonly used that everyone should avoid. As a general rule of thumb, metaphors are quite overused. Virtually all pretentious diction is useless, as it only functions to present seemingly bland words in a more fanciful manner. False verbal limbs play a leading part in time-wasting texts with their ability to sap readers’ time muddling through words without purpose. Ambiguous words are also unnecessary, for the very reason that it is unclear what the author is attempting to convey to his or her audience. Orwell indicates that there are very few applicable areas for words and terms regarded as aristocratic. He knows that the easier it is to read, the easier it will be for any readers to grasp the message presented. One could say that Brockenbrough has congruent

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