The paper explores the idea of manipulating language for the purpose of sending emotional messages and creating impressions in order to frame the reality to one's intentions. Among many other writers, George Orwell pointed out the social and political determination of literary writing and the author's responsibility in shaping the public opinion. In his essays, Orwell challenges the position of literature and art in general, concerning the society and political situation of his age. He questions the role of the writer in the age of totalitarianism, when the attitude to art is politically coloured and the integrity of the artist is threatened. The aim of the paper is to analyse several of Orwell's essays written between 1940 and 1949 in order to determine to what extent the relationship between art and politics is possible, provided that the artists still preserve their own sincerity and, as Orwell calls it “honest language“.