English Lecture October 14, 2010
English Lecture on “Politics And The English Language” by George Orwell
1. Well Disposed
Animal Farm (1945) Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)
- 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
- 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
- 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 c