Politics and the English Language Questions and Answers
by George Orwell

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1. What is Orwell’s claim, and which section of specific support did you find best proves his point so far? Quote a passage and say why it supports his claim. (Page 156-165)

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The title of Orwell's essay, "Politics and the English Language," suggests where the thrust of his thesis is; namely that language is "an instrument which we shape for our own purposes.

Because language is a tool, politicians have molded it to their express designs; moreover, by employing euphemisms and a certain vagueness of meaning, political writing is able to both confuse the public, obfuscate facts, and mitigate wrongs, thereby convincing people of action(s) of which they would not approve if they were rightly...

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