What stylistic devices does George Orwell use in his essays "Marrakesh" and "Revenge is Sour"?
Stylistically in these two (and other) essays, Orwell uses an approach that describes his intimately personal reactions to the scenes and people around him, coupled with a direct, almost conversational tone. A non-elaborate, scaled-down style had been cultivated by many if not most writers in English (and other languages) since the end of World War I, in comparison with the usual style of earlier prose. Though Orwell had written more floridly in his early novel Burmese Days, in most of his fiction and essays he cultivated a plainer manner relying on simple, matter-of-fact description, with little emotionalism. And one could say of Orwell, as Orwell himself said of Jack London's writings, that his essays are "written in the usual pitiless style," though this is only superficially true of both writers.
"Marrakesh" recounts Orwell's time spent in that city in Morocco. He presents facts that describe the poverty of the country, but despite the stylistic directness and the straightforward way he...
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