Essay on George Orwell

Submitted By qb1caldwell
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George Orwell In the paragraph Dying Metaphors, George Orwell states that "…there is a huge dump of worn-out metaphors which have lost all evocative power and are merely used because they save people the trouble of inviting phrases for themselves." I believe that this is completely true but I do not agree with the reasoning behind why people these days do not make their own. I think that the reason people do not use or make there own metaphors that much or the metaphors that he stated in he paragraph is because there is no real use for them in the modern world. It is easier for people to just state what they are saying in common English and not try to confuse others with a difficult metaphor that they have never heard. Just because these metaphors are loosing value and people are not making up new ones does not mean that it is a bad thing. As Orwell said, nobody uses these anymore, many people never heard of the ones that he used as examples, so why should it matter if it is dying out? Young people are the future and they will eventually weed out the metaphors that are not very good and keep the ones that make the most sense. Some examples that Orwell used were "toe the line, ride roughshod over, no axe to grind, grist to the mill, fishing in troubled waters". Besides two of the examples that he provided I did not know what any of the other ones meant. Even for the two that I knew some other person can interpret it completely different than the way that I do. These are just some reasons why older metaphors are dying out, different