Comparison of Orwell and Hazlitt

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Taylor Mace
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George Orwell and William Hazlitt use similar and different techniques to express their opinions on writing. These two writers are very similar in their tone. Orwell and Hazlitt both have a formal tone, although they go about using their formal tones in separate ways. Orwell’s tone is formal because he writes as if he is trying to educate the reader. Hazlitt’s formal tone is more just stating his belief and trying to tell us something. Although these two essays have similar tones they differ in their audiences. Orwell seems to be be focused on a more general audience. He acts as if he is talking to the general population on how we accumulatively need to improve on our writing. Hazlitt’s audience differs from Orwell’s because he is writing towards a more particular audience, people that are familiar with his writing, educating them on the familiar style. Hazlitt says, “The reason why I object to Dr. Johnson’s style is, that there is no discrimination, no selection, no variety in it,” he refers to Dr. Johnson like everyone should already know of him, when really you would have to be familiar with his writing to understand this statement. These authors do use similar tones and differ in their audience, but they do have similar arguments. Hazlitt’s first sentence says, “It is not easy to write a familiar style,” by familiar Hazlitt means ordinary or basic, as if you were talking and he goes on to explain how many people go too far with their writing to the point where it becomes incomprehensible, Orwell is similar in his beliefs. Orwell’s argument for his essay is that the English language is declining, and that we need to work to make it better. Orwell, just like Hazlitt, believes that we should write basically. These two authors both bring up the point that we should use shorter words to make things easier to comprehend. Although unlike Hazlitt, Orwell never goes as far as to say that we should write as if we were in a conversation. A...
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