I need someone to fix my paper: About how George Orwell wrote about colonialism

Dec 16th, 2015
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The topic should be about how George Orwell wrote about colonialism and how his literature examined how it was hard on both the people who were colonizing the land and the people who were being colonized.

You will need to look at what was going on during his time period and where he lived, his experiences, etc, and see how he wrote those into his stories. You'll need to find specific examples in his writing that shows the difficulties each side was having during colonization.

Sorry...I mean colonialism there...not colonization!

I would put all of that info in your opening paragraph as right now it doesn't say anything about colonialism and George Orwell.

The rest of it looks good - but please go over it very carefully for grammar mistakes. Your points are very good and you've made very good observations with specific stories (which is great) but give it a very good proofread and change that first paragraph.

Literature of George Orwell

The literature of George Orwell focuses on his personal experiences in life with his feelings, humanity, and how others treated him based on his employment and life experiences; these literatures include Shooting an Elephant, Animal Farm & 1984, and Down and Out in Paris and London. All of his publications including short stories, books, and essays are narrative writings that all describe, explain, or express feelings, emotions, pain, hurt, loss, and embarrassment one goes through on a daily basis. Throughout the stories, written as diaries, one can feel the emotions that Orwell feels or have the ability to imagine that place in time because Orwell is so descriptive with his words and phrases.

Shooting an Elephant

One of Orwell’s literatures is about more than one person’s riveting narrative about the beginning of awareness. The book Shooting an Elephant captures a universal experience of going against one’s humanity at the cost of a part of that humanity. George Orwell depicts himself as a colonial servant, but found the tasks inhuman to the colonial subjects; which includes him telling stories of shooting an elephant even though the elephant does not die even after several shots. This causes Orwell to portray sympathy while committing the unsympathetic deed of shooting the elephant and in this sympathy portrays in Orwell’s thoughts after the elephant’s death. Orwell experiences many emotions throughout this process as a colonial servant and is angered by the British servant police officers. “He is relieved, he admits, that the coolie died because it gave him a pretext for shooting the elephant, but as far as his fellow officers are concerned he did the right thing” (Orwell, George. 2014).

Throughout this story Orwell portrayed his idea concerning the effects of the imperialism to both the oppressed and the oppressors. He argues that every white man’s life in the East was one long struggle. Orwell says that the white men destroyed their freedom by turning tyrant against the Indians. Orwell states that the imperialist became “Besides, legally I had done the right thing, for a mad elephant has to be killed, like a mad dog, if its owner fails to control it” (Orwell, George. 2014). This led to colonization among the people since “The older men said I was right, the younger men said it was a damn shame to shoot an elephant for killing a coolie, because an elephant was worth more than any damn Coringhee coolie; I was very glad that the coolie had been killed; it put me legally in the right and it gave me a sufficient pretext for shooting the elephant” (Orwell, G. 1936).

Prior to independence, colonial masters had taken charges of the administration of various countries across the world. The colonies exploited the natural resources in the colonies. They also used readily available human power before mechanization. Citizens lost their lands to colonial masters, which they used as plantations, firms, and homes. The colonialization led to emergence of wars between colonizers and the civilized colonized. These wars led to destruction of properties and loss mass loss of lives. Therefore, there were negative effect of colonization to both the colonized and colonizers.

In his literature, Orwell depicts how colonialists mistreated all people. He reveals a rational image of imperialism, as he was a part of the imperialistic workforce via recruitment in the Burmese police. His settlement in Burma gave him the chance to analyze from a close quarter the effects of imperialism. Orwell’s “Shooting elephants” shows the real picture of what happens in a colonial ground. Thus giving an elephant a punishment by killing it shows lack of moral integrity. This literature reveals the facts and details of colonialism and its consequence upon the colonized as well as upon the colonizer in the sub-continent that assist us realize Orwell's attitude towards imperialism and colonialism When Orwell kills the elephant, he abandons his morals to acquire the endorsement of the Burman. He feels obliged to shoot the elephant because he thought that the Burman did not like him but liked the magical rifle that was in his hands. Orwell speaks of himself when he says that it was the conditions of the imperialist's rule requiring him to spend his life trying to please as well as impress the masters and the natives. He was required to do this because “Shooting an Elephant” captures a universal experience of going against one’s own humanity at the cost of a part of that humanity” (Tyner, J. A. 2005).

Orwell reveals the dismal quality of his entire life as well as every white man's life in the East, which was one long struggle. Orwell's fears of mockery represent the fears of imperialists of a loss of control. It is clear that the British could have power over the economics and politics of their colonies; however, they could not control the mockery and disdain of the natives (Allegretti, J. 1993).At the moment when he faced the elephant, he said that the sole thought in his mind was that if anything went wrong those two thousand Burman would see him pursued, caught, trampled on, and reduced to a grinning corpse. He feared since if it happened, it was quite probable that some of them would laugh. As such, Orwell dreaded the mockery of the natives more than losing his own life (Allegretti, J. 1993).

Animal Farm

Orwell’s book, Animal Farm, has become a famous book since it portrays the hurtful analysis of the West; written to inform the population of the history and uses rhetoric phrases to describe the Russian Revolution. The book is a reiterating version of the development, popularity, and expansion of communism. Instead of portraying the story from the perspectives of people Orwell chooses to use animals to play the parts of people.  This novel allegorizes a boost in control by Joseph Stalin, the dictator. In the novella, the overthrow of the human oppressor Mr. Jones by a democratic coalition of animals quickly gives way to the consolidation of power among the pigs. Much like the Soviet intelligentsia, the pigs establish themselves as the ruling class in the new society.

One of the novella’s most impressive accomplishments is its portrayal not just of the figures in power but also of the oppressed people themselves. Animal Farm is not told from the perspective of any particular character, though occasionally it does slip into Clover’s consciousness. Rather, the story is told from the perspective of the common animals as a whole. One of Orwell’s central concerns, both in Animal Farm and in 1984, is the way in which language can be manipulated as an instrument of control. In Animal Farm, the pigs gradually twist and distort rhetoric of socialist revolution to justify their behavior and to keep the other animals in the dark. The animals heartily embrace Major’s visionary ideal of socialism, but after Major dies, the pigs gradually twist the meaning of his words.

As a result, the other animals seem unable to oppose the pigs without also opposing the ideals of the Rebellion. Orwell’s sophisticated exposure of this abuse of language remains one of the most compelling and enduring features of Animal Farm, worthy of close study even after we have decoded its allegorical characters and events. “George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture as it accounts for the bold struggle, initiated by the animals, that transforms Mr. Jones's Manor Farm into Animal Farm--a wholly democratic society built on the credo that All Animals Are Created Equal.” (Orwell. George. 2003).

Down and Out in Paris and London

 “The Parisian episode is fascinating for its expose of the kitchens of posh French restaurants, where the narrator works at the bottom of the culinary echelon as dishwasher, or plumber in London, while waiting for a job, he experiences the world of tramps, street people, and free lodging houses” (Orwell, George. 1972). George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London is a semi-autobiographical novel on one man’s plight as a peasant in the early 1900’s in France and England. The novel is based on life experiences and portrays a lot of subject themes like workplace violence, poverty, theft and horrible living conditions, just to name a few. George Orwell intentionally shows this life in the context of European social and economic class struggles and more specifically how this life fits into the global and international context. He continues to portray the life experience of a common European as a poverty stricken peasantry class which is trapped in the confines of the elite class’s social conventions. This is significant to our understanding of Interwar Europe because it tells a subaltern and individualistic account of class struggle and difference, which is an on-going subject matter in contemporary historical studies.

At the beginning of the novel, the narrator is living in Paris, teaching English to pay his bills, but he slowly loses his students and then gets robbed, leaving him enough money to survive for only a week or two. He makes drastic changes in his budget and finds that living in poverty is a complicated ordeal. Working in the hotel opens the narrator's eyes to the squalid conditions behind the scenes at upscale Parisian establishments. The kitchens are full of filth, mediocre ingredients, and poor working conditions, but just on the other side of the wall, the dining rooms is lush, clean, and luxurious. In the end, the narrator does get a job when the employer returns to England, but he has changed his perspective about many things. At this point he realizes that he can no longer judge vagrants or think that they are not worthy of working when he sees them standing around waiting for the shelters to open. He gains a great respect for people who can see through their trials and be happy anyway.


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