What Is George Orwell's Argument That Imperfections Make People Human?

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Humans are addicted to the idea of being perfect. This idea stems from the notion that humans are born imperfect and need to change. A majority of people will agree that they are far from being perfect but not all of them will agree that they need to change into the perfect versions of themselves. Indian activist, Mohandas Gandhi disagrees with this. He believed humans should spend their lives seeking to become the perfect versions of themselves in every way possible. Along with that Gandhi focused on this idea of “sainthood’, meaning someone who lives their life under God’s will. Author George Orwell disagreed with Gandhi’s opinions going so far as to write an article explaining why he disagreed. In this article, Orwell proves his argument that imperfections make people human by using a respectful tone, addressing Gandhi’s own argument, and using an anaphora.
Just because you disagree with someone doesn’t mean you have to be disrespectful. This why Orwell chose to use a very respectful tone in this writing. Since Gandhi was such a prominent person in society Orwell didn’t want
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The last way Orwell works to prove his argument to the reader is by using an anaphora in his article. Anaphoras work to add emphasis to a specific element in a writing. Adding emphasis to something makes it stick with the reader and helps them better understand the author 's point. Orwell uses an anaphor towards the end of the article when he writes, “The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection, that one is sometimes willing to commit sins for the sake of loyalty, that one does not push asceticism to the point where it makes friendly intercourse impossible, and that one is prepared in the end to be defeated and broken up by life”. Here Orwell is repeating the phrase, “that one” at the beginning of each clause. This is important because this quote summarizes the essence of Orwell 's argument, meaning it’s something he wants the reader to remember and better
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