“How George Orwell explores the abuse of power in Animal Farm
George Orwell, [Animal Farm],no place of publication: Oficyna Literacke, 1985, translated into Polish by Teresa Jelenska, with 10illustrations by Jan Lebenstein.
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In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, the farm leaders, the pigs, use unknown language, invoke scare tactics, and create specific laws, thereby enabling them to control other animals, to suit their greedy desires, and to perform actions outside their realm of power.
Published in April 1946 in the British literary magazine Horizon, this essay is considered one of George Orwell’s most important works on style. Orwell believed that "ugly and inaccurate" English enabled oppressive ideology, and that vague or meaningless language was meant to hide the truth. He argued that language should not naturally evolve over time but should be “an instrument which we shape for our own purposes.” To write well is to be able to think clearly and engage in political discourse, he wrote, as he rallied against cliches, dying metaphors and pretentious or meaningless language.