Analysis Of George Orwell 's ' The Empire On The Sun Never Sets '

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“The empire on which the sun never sets,” also known as the British Empire was the largest empire the world has ever seen. Through the use of imperialism, specifically colonization the British were able to spread their dominion over one fifth of the worlds population. Advanced military technology ensured that the British could enforce their will, culture, and economic policies on people deemed unfit to govern themselves. George Orwell shows the dark side of imperialism through the use of descriptive language and pathos; to convince the reader of the negative effects of imperialism on both the oppressed and the oppressor.
Orwell continuously shows how imperialism changed his morals; and that of the native Burmese people. Where there was suppose to be love in his heart, was now just an abyss of hatred towards the imperialistic British Empire he serves; and the Burmese people who he grew to hate for their malicious behaviour towards him. The use of descriptive language and word choice is crucial in Orwell’s effective portrayal of the lack of morality that imperialism brings with it. Buddhist Priests are known throughout the world as kind and thoughtful people; but according to the narrator they were extremely spiteful. They ignored the teachings of Buddha and found consolation in taunting Europeans. The narrator and the Burmese lost themselves in a cycle of hatred that seemed to go on in “saecula saeculorum” with no end in sight(pg 473). “When I pulled the trigger I did not…

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