Burmese Days Essay

1141 Words May 9th, 2010 5 Pages
Racism in Burmese Britain owned many colonies throughout the 1800’s including Burma. While the British were able to manufacturing raw materials from Burma until the early 1900’s, British Imperialism would forever influence the Burmese Natives. In George Orwell book “Burmese Days,” racism is one example of this British Imperialism influence. British Imperialism allowed the use of racism to influence the European Club members and British military. Some British authority used racism to diminish the natives, which Ellis, a timber merchant, demonstrated. Then, superiority ranking and separation started amongst the natives themselves, which U Po Kyin and Ma Hai Mary sought to achieve. Then Ellis and the European Club members pressured Flory …show more content…
Throughout George Orwell’s book, Elliscontinueusly justified his actions of racism by shielded himself behind British imperialism. Ellis only authority above the native Burmese people was that he was British. Being both ignorant and spiteful, Ellis racist actions peaked when he assaulted a young Burmese schoolchild with his cane, blinding the child, which lead to a rote calling for Ellis to pay. “We know that there is no justice for us in your country, so we must punish Ellis ourselves.” (247) Ellis’ British pride allowed him to act without thinking in this incident, causing an innocent child to become blind in the process. Ellis demonstrated the abuse of authority in Burma while portraying British Imperialism influence, which was racism. This type of racism that is directed toward the natives in Burma influenced the natives themselves to segregate amongst themselves to become more like the British. Burma’s natives were impacted by the British imperialism in many different ways. Like the British, the natives began to rank themselves amongst each other trying to become distance from “…those smelly natives.” (107) U Po Kyin, a corrupt Burmese magistrate, is one native that had been influenced by British imperialism views on racism. U Po Kyin was trying to distant himself from the native stereo type while moving up in political ranks, which included joining the European club. George Orwell portrayed U Po Kyin as using

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