English 1022E Lecture Notes - Politics And The English Language, George Orwell

16 views2 pages
Published on 16 Nov 2011
School
Western University
Department
English
Course
English 1022E
Professor
English Lecture October 14, 2010
English Lecture on “Politics And The English Language” by George Orwell
_________
On Board:
Magisterial
Colloquial
Exordium
1. Well Disposed
2. Attentive
3. Receptive
Allusion
Animal Farm (1945) Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)
Eric Blair
__________
-George Orwell was a pseudonym (Eric Blair was his real name)
-Abuse of power and manipulation of language
-Language has become so corrupted that it needs some kind of cure. From truth telling
to public relations. Language has become diseased.
-The personal is political. We have the capacity to know that it’s a lie (political
speeches) but accept it anyways. We do this.
-Things like Communism and Nazis and WWII have affected the language in Germany.
For example a concentration camp could be named after a kind of german tree, so now
whenever someone says the name of that tree you are reminded of the concentration
camp. These languages have become a constant memory to the people of what
happened.
-This essay was a public document aiming to sway people and move them to take some
kind of action to remedy this issue with language and politics.
-Orwell combines magisterial (teaching) writing style with colloquial (chatty) style
Magisterial (Teaching)
-Obvious before you start reading. Laid out like a textbook.
-Uses technique of numbered lists and footnotes and subheadings
-Heavy use of process statements (‘The point is”, “this makes clear that”, “I will
come back to this presently”.) Clarity is important to Orwell
-The problem with this is that it can sound condescending. So he mixes the
magisterial style with the colloquial style.
Colloquial (Friendly)
-Opening statement announces interest in groups, implying that Orwell is part of
this group, makes us want to be in that group.
-Lots of “we”. But the way that he says it is still magisterial.
-Mixes ordinary speech with educated speech so it doesn’t sound condescending.
Unlock document

This preview shows half of the first page of the document.
Unlock all 2 pages and 3 million more documents.

Already have an account? Log in

Document Summary

English lecture on politics and the english language by george orwell. George orwell was a pseudonym (eric blair was his real name) Abuse of power and manipulation of language. Language has become so corrupted that it needs some kind of cure. We have the capacity to know that it"s a lie (political speeches) but accept it anyways. Things like communism and nazis and wwii have affected the language in germany. For example a concentration camp could be named after a kind of german tree, so now whenever someone says the name of that tree you are reminded of the concentration camp. These languages have become a constant memory to the people of what happened. This essay was a public document aiming to sway people and move them to take some kind of action to remedy this issue with language and politics. Orwell combines magisterial (teaching) writing style with colloquial (chatty) style. Uses technique of numbered lists and footnotes and subheadings.

Get OneClass Grade+

Unlimited access to all notes and study guides.

YearlyMost Popular
75% OFF
$9.98/m
Monthly
$39.98/m
Single doc
$39.98

or

You will be charged $119.76 upfront and auto renewed at the end of each cycle. You may cancel anytime under Payment Settings. For more information, see our Terms and Privacy.
Payments are encrypted using 256-bit SSL. Powered by Stripe.