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George Orwell's 'Politics and the English Language'
Pages 4 (1004 words)
Truth, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder; and just like beauty truth can neither be disputed nor agreed upon by all when the writing style and expression of one's truth is lost in the words one uses.
As expressed above, my argument has been overrun with words, and has taken what I mean to say and hidden it behind metaphor and participles…
Truth, as stated before, is one's own. How can truth be articulated effectively for everyone when we are unable to agree upon what each word means When we are given bits and pieces, sound bites if you will, of life, can we really know what the writer was meaning to convey A Communist pamphlet example in Orwell's essay illustrates this point, "All the 'best people' from the gentlemen's clubs, united in common hatred of Socialism and bestial horror at the rising tide of the mass revolutionary movement, have turned to acts of provocation, to legalize their own destruction of proletarian organizations, and rouse the agitated petty-bourgeoise to chauvinistic fervor on behalf of the fight against the revolutionary way out of the crisis."
While this example is incomplete, the meaning is hidden of what else the writer was trying to say based upon the style of speech he is using. And is this true Have the gentlemen's clubs agitated themselves into a frenzy in order to keep society as it is to keep them comfortable According to this pamphlet, yes; but, the words used make it unbelievable to one who may come across just this passage.
Individual style is constantly in the making, both in writing as well as in thoughts. With the world coming at us at nanoseconds, we are inundated with new ideas, thoughts, and especially words. ...
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