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Why does Orwell think that language has degenerated so much?

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If we pull together 1984, Animal Farm, and the essay "Politics and the English Language," a common reason for the degeneration of language is that it serves the interest of those in power.

In both 1984 and Animal Farm, the powerful cartels that run the government actively promote language degradation. In 1984, the Inner Party is working to create a language called Newspeak that would hone English down to its bare essentials and get rid of all other extraneous words. To enhance the meaning of a word such as "good," for example, the government plans to use words such as "double-good" or "double-plus good" and get rid of the plethora of terms such as excellent, superlative, and superior that currently add nuance to the English language. This, the government reasons, will make it more difficult for people to construct complex thoughts and, therefore, would make them easier to control.

In Animal Farm , the pigs actively work to degrade the language as well. In part this arises—at least...

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