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Posted June 22, 2010 at 2:44 AM via web

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What organizational pattern do you notice in his essay "Why I write" by George Orwell?


Within the existing chronological structure, what other organizational patterns does Orwell us

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ktmagalia | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted June 23, 2010 at 6:20 AM (Answer #1)

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In addition to the chronological structure of his narration, George Orwell employs several patterns of development to explain his purpose for writing along with his writing process to "make political writing into an art." The strength and clarity of his ideas are due to his strategic use of so  many variances of development.

Within the opening paragraph, Orwell uses vivid language to recreate his childlike experience as a young writer, an organizational pattern known as description.

 I wrote my first poem at the age of four or five, my mother taking it down to dictation. I cannot remember anything about it except that it was about a tiger and the tiger had ‘chair-like teeth’

Explaining to the reader his writing process and how it was formed, Orwell relies on detailed examples, exemplification, of works which inspired and influenced his writing: Blake's ‘Tiger, Tiger’ , Aristophanes , Paradise Lost.

Orwell explains that there are four reasons for writing, and through classification and division, he explains his reasoning.

Putting aside the need to earn a living, I think there are four great motives for writing, at any rate for writing prose. They exist in different degrees in every writer, and in any one writer the proportions will vary from time to time, according to the atmosphere in which he is living.

At the conclusion of his essay, Orwell brings the art of comparison and contrast into his writing, as he discusses the pain and struggles of writing and his desire to use his art in a political realm. He writes, "

Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness...

and artfully comparing "good writing" to a "windowpane."

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