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George Orwell Style Analysis

           George Orwell has a very direct, journalistic style. He employs allusions and extended metaphors to represent the meaning behind entire books, but he doesn’t use such when he writes. His style is very dry and direct with little unnecessary imagery and unintended flowery descriptions. This does not mean that the scenery in the piece isn’t described well, it is just not overly poetically described.

            George Orwell began his writing career as a journalist (view the bibliography for more information). This style is scene in his books. He doesn’t use fanciful metaphors and flowery language to depict specific scenes. For example in the book 1984 he states lines such as “He took his scribbling pad on his knee” p. 79. He doesn’t try to recreate the look of the entire pad and doesn’t describe how the character flourishes it with a wave of his hand and then smoothes the paper. Such is not necessary and is not his writing style. This is extremely important when transmitting Orwell’s theme because he is describing such a world. Most of his books are very pessimistic and in the case of 1984 the world is one where there is no freedom of thought and complete totalitarian control. This helps make the writing style transmit the meaning of the theme of the piece.

             This style of writing can be seen in most all of his pieces. In his short story "How to kill an Elephant" Orwell describes the death of an elephant with seemingly little emotion and very little imagery which transmits feeling. This void amplified to effect of the story and the shock factor of the elephant’s death. This is the perfect example which characterizes the rest of Orwell’s story.


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Vincent Andrews
World Author Website Project
Coral Gables Senior High School
IB English IV - period 2