"A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all the more completely because he drinks." Why is this quote an example of good, bad or interesting writing?
This quote is taken from "Politics and the English Language," an essay in which Orwell argues that the English language is in "a bad way." Specifically, it has deteriorated as a result of vagueness and "bad habits" which are not grammatically correct and don't convey a clear meaning.
Orwell uses this quote as an analogy: just like a man who feels a failure may turn to drink (and thereby creates further failure), the English language is suffering from a cause which has reinforced the effect. Orwell cannot identify a single cause for the decline of the English language; there are numerous causes, just as a man might turn to drink for a number of different reasons.
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