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"A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all...

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r-m-r | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted January 21, 2013 at 3:47 AM via web

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"A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all the more competely because he drinks"

That's the quote I chose, and I need to tell why it would be good, bad or interesting writing.

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted January 21, 2013 at 1:04 PM (Answer #1)

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This quotation, an observation by George Orwell the author of Animal Farm and 1984, would be an example of interesting, good writing.  The quote is an observation of human nature stated in an interesting way that if someone feels like a failure, the choice to drink will only add to the burden.  The most interesting phrase is that the man "feels himself to be a failure"  as though feeling makes it so.  Perhaps the man's feelings are incorrect even though in his eyes, the feeling of failure is true.  To choose drink as a solution is truly a bad decision as drinking is a depressant, takes away the desire to do well, feeds the idea  of failure, and thus explains  the rest of the quote, "then fail all the more completely because he drinks."  The quotation is concise with no superfluous words to muddy the observation, uses a direct approach to make the observation real to the reader, and states a truth with which many readers may identify, all of which good writing does.


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