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What major argument does George Orwell use in “Politics and the English Language” in order to convince his readers that we all need to take an interest in the use of language for both oral and written communication? How does “Politics” fit into his argument? 

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In "Politics and the English Language," Orwell is positively scathing about the way in which the English language has been increasingly used and abused to serve certain sectional interests in society. He is particularly critical of how the language of politics has become debased, distorted by ideology and self-interest to the extent that a dangerous chasm between language and reality has opened up.

Political rhetoric comes in for some especially harsh criticism. Thanks to their shameless misuse of the English language, politicians can hide the truth, making lies sound truthful and murder respectable. As far as possible, argues Orwell, language should be used to convey truth and meaning. To that end, it should strive for clarity and conciseness.

But for Orwell, it's becoming increasingly the case that language is being used in the opposite way and for the exact opposite effect. Politicians resort to vague, windy generalizations in order to conceal the fundamental vacuity of their ideas and...

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