Politics and the English Language Questions and Answers
by George Orwell

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How do I draft a summary response essay on "Politics and the English Language" by George Orwell?

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In general, when writing an essay that analyzes a piece of writing, there are two key components: first, you must summarize the author’s key arguments. Then, you must respond to the author’s claims with your own unique analysis, argument, or point of view.

The structure of this type of essay might look something like this:

  1. Introductory paragraph. This paragraph introduces the piece of writing that you are about to analyze and its key themes. The last sentence of this paragraph should be a thesis statement, or a clear, one sentence summary of your own unique point of view. For example, a thesis statement for Orwell’s “Politics of the English Language” might be: I will argue that Orwell overstates the power of words to shape social reality.
  2. Body paragraphs. In an analytical summary response essay, there are two different ways you might go about structuring your body paragraphs. You can, (a) summarize...

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