Read Two Articles And Write Two Summaries – Book Report/Review Example

Article Summary “Politics and the English Language” George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” is a story written in 1946 that discuses the slovenliness of the English language. It criticizes the decay of imagery and lack of precision in most political essays, and cites the general characteristics of appalling writing, as well as exaggerated diction and insignificant words. Politics and the debasement of the English language are significantly interrelated. He argues that there is a need for political language that consists “largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness”, when criticizing political atrocities such as the nuclear attacks on Japan. Orwell calls out to all English writers, and not just professionals, to avoid malicious tendencies in their writing that encourage foolish thinking. Apart from his six rules criticizing the use of extraneous words, long words, and scientific jargon, he emphasizes on the use of active voice whenever possible.
“Shooting an Elephant”
George Orwell’s “Shooting an Elephant” is a story set in Moulmein, in Lower Burma, which details his experience with the Indian Imperial Police (1922-1927). The story describes the oppressive British rule against the Burmese. Orwell investigates the death of a local Indian man after an elephant attack. He is troubled on whether to shoot the elephant, as per the request of the irate villagers, and only does so against his will because of the pressure from the crowd. The elephant takes a long time to die “powerless to move and yet powerless to die”. He relates the long-suffering of the elephant to the Burmese people who endure oppression for a long period but are powerless to the imperialist actions. He outlines the challenges that both the oppressed and oppressors face because of imperialism. The story signifies that the tyrant attitude of imperialists haunts and harms them eventually.