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In his famous essay "Politics and the English Language," what is George Orwell suggesting about the role that language plays in literature? Make connections to specific pieces of literature.

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In his famous essayPolitics and the English Language,” George Orwell argues that writing should be clear, simple, and straightforward. At one point he even offers writers six pieces of specific advice:

1.   Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to

seeing in print.

2.   Never use a long word where a short one will do.

3.   If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.

4.   Never use the passive where you can use the active.

5.   Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of

an everyday English equivalent.

6.   Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.


The modern author who most obviously seems to exemplify these traits of literary style is Ernest Hemingway.  Consider, for instance, the opening paragraph of...

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