Analysis Of George Orwell 's ' The Burmese ' Essay

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The Burmese are victimized by English rule and react with anti-European feelings. However, due to their oppression they are neither able to start a riot nor change their current social standing. (“No one had the guts to raise a riot”) Though Orwell is regarded with animity by the Burmese, the Burmese ultimately have no power over Orwell. In contrast, Orwell has authority over the Burmese as a police officer. Orwell shows that the Burmese are subjected to harsh punishments by the British when he writes, “The wretched prisoners huddling in the stinking cages of the lock-ups, the grey, cowed faces of the long-term convicts, the scarred buttocks of the men who had been flogged with bamboos- all these oppressed me with an intolerable sense of guilt.” Orwell realises that what he is doing is wrong, and that the Burmese are subjected to harsh conditions that they do not deserve by the British.
2. Orwell intensifies the dramatic conflict with the elephant by describing details that lead up to the event. He writes, “The Burmese population had no weapons and were quite helpless against it. It had devoured the stock; also it had at the municipal rubbish van and, when the driver jumped out and took to his heels, had turned the van over and inflicted violences upon it.” Orwell shows the European mentality of superiority over the Burmese. Though the Burmese had their own ways of dealing with escaping elephants, Orwell shows that the Europeans believe the Burmese are “helpless” and need a…

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