George Orwell 's Writing Style Essay

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George Orwell had a very unique writing style. His passage “Politics and the English Language” in his book “Why I Write” explain how to “avoid ugliness” in ones’ writing. Orwell writes about four ways to identify these pre-constructed passages or phrases. The four ways are Dying Metaphors, Operators or verbal false limbs, Pretentious diction, and Meaningless words. Dying Metaphors are prefabricated metaphors that have been used many times in many different contexts. It can also be metaphors that have been switched from their original meaning without the person using them even knowing. An example given by Orwell of such is the phrase “toe the line” is sometimes written as “tow the line”. Operators or verbal false limbs is defined by Orwell as words that give the sentence extra syllables which give it an appearance or symmetry. Instead of using a word such as break, stop, or spoil, the writer might turn the single word into a phrase by adding a noun or adjective to it. Operators or verbal false limbs could also be over used phrases such as, be subject to, give rise to, give grounds for. These phrases make the sentence longer than it needs to be. Pretentious diction is defined as words that make your writing seem more complicated and scientific then it needs to be. Writers will add words in different languages to “spice up” there articles but Orwell feels that it is unnecessary. The last of the four ways to identify bad writing is Meaningless words. It is usually found in long…

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