Well known author and journalist, George Orwell, in his essay, Shooting an Elephant, describes his experiences as a Policeman in Moulmein, Burma during European Imperialism. Orwell’s purpose is to convey the ideal that what is right and what is accepted don’t always align. He adopts a remorseful tone in order to convey to the reader the weight of his actions. By looking at George Orwell’s use of imagery and figurative language, one can see his strongly conflicting opinions on Imperialism. Orwell begins his essay, Shooting an Elephant, by explaining the actions of the Burmese people and by expressing his contempt for imperialism.
The Haitian Revolution was caused by oppressive slavery and discrimination against all but the French elite and led to the death of French and Haitians alike, the French’s expulsion from the island, and the spread of hope and freedom to other oppressed people all over the world. To start, the Haitian Revolution was started due to a variety of factors. But probably the most important one was slavery and oppression that was forced upon peoples from Africa who were imported to Haiti (Then Saint Domingue) and discriminated against even if they were free, just because of the color of their skin. To give context, from the years before 1791, slavery was incredibly harsh against slaves. The perpetrators of the cruelty were the French because they viewed themselves as superior and sons of the French Revolution that overthrew an oppressive government in France.
George Orwell’s essay, Shooting an Elephant, describes his experience killing an out of control elephant while working as a police officer in the British colony of Burma. It highlights the cruelness of imperialism by showing the effects of Britain's control of Burma. In his essay, Orwell utilizes figurative language in order to explain his opposition and hatred towards the system of imperialism. To begin with, Orwell objects the idea of imperialism through the use of imagery. While working for the British in Burma, Orwell witnesses some atrocious events: “The wretched prisoners huddling in the stinking cages of the lockups, the grey, cowed faces of the long-term convicts, the scarred buttocks of the men who has been flogged with bamboos…”
Forms of Slavery in The Present Day “Slavery is theft -- theft of a life, theft of work, theft of any property or produce, theft even of the children a slave might have borne.”, claimed Kevin Bales, Professor of Contemporary Slavery at the University of Nottingham. Based on the quote said by Kevin Wales, I could interpret that slavery is a system that plundered away human rights, the rights that are fundamental to every human beings in order to survive and succeed in this world. In the Narrative of The Life of Frederick Douglass, he illustrated that slavery in the early era was inherently barbaric and despicable (such as the abuse of women, dehumanizing, and stripping off black people’s identity). The most tragic fact was that slavery had
Novelist, Political writer and Journalist, George Orwell, in his autobiographical essay “Shooting an Elephant,” relays his experience as a police officer in colonial Burma. Orwell’s purpose is to reveal the fact that imperialism harms both the oppressed and the oppressor. He acquires a negative and penitent tone in order to voice out his thoughts, primarily to his British readers, regarding imperialism and how it ironically enslaved the British because of the expectations of the oppressed natives. George Orwell applies the rhetorical strategy of imagery in his essay in order for readers to comprehend how he felt when he was coerced by the Burmese people to partake in an action that contravened with his morals. Orwell exaggerates his apprehension by adding the words, “Pursued, caught, trampled on,” and by referring to a previous occurrence in the story as he enumerates the possible catastrophic outcomes of killing the elephant in
On the other hand, “A Modest proposal” grows out of Swift’s furious indignation, his disgust with English oppression, and Irish corruption and stupidity. Furthermore, Ireland was under the control of England for 500 years and was denied union with England when Scotland received it in 1707. As a result, Ireland continued to suffer under trade restrictions and lack of resources; This situation led Swift to write this satiric essay. Shooting an Elephant is an essay in which the author expresses his feelings about imperialism by using an anecdote. It is an essay mainly contains argument of definition, and evaluation.
Frederick Douglass’ Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself and Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl discusses how slavery dehumanizes and breaks down an individual to no worth. Douglass’ and Jacobs’ accounts are similar because they lecture against slavery with the work and obstacles they went through. Jacobs says, “For years, my master had done his utmost to pollute my mind with foul images, and to destroy the pure principles inculcated by my grandmother, and the good mistress of my childhood. The influences of slavery had the same effect on me that they had on other young girls; they had made me prematurely knowing, concerning the evil ways of the world.” (827) Jacobs explains that slavery has attempted to take a toll on her life with its physical, emotional, and mental abuse. Women in slavery were mistreated sexually as well, and in this case, Jacobs faced sexual oppression at a young age.
This is an influential demonstration of how peer pressure can make a person neglect their own morals and consciousness just to please those around them. In George Orwell 's short story titled “Shooting an Elephant” presented an event that changed a countries civilization. George’s life in Burma, and the prejudice placed by the people he oppressed inspired his writing through the uses of setting, style, and theme. In George Orwell’s “Shooting an Elephant” Orwell no specific event influenced this piece rather it was an accumulation of many small events of prejudice and hate by an opposing group of
Stowe, wrote this book to describe the condition of slavery in the South, aiming to inform the people of the North about what was happing to those victims. The events throughout the story are nightmarish, as they mirror the bitterness of what those poor people had suffered