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.
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).
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).
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).
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,
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
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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