Similarities Between Langston Hughes And George Orwell

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Both authors, Langston Hughes and George Orwell portrayed a sense of pressure and uneasiness from the crowds that watched on. The young Hughes felt ashamed of himself because technically everyone else has been saved (besides Westley). He began to feel overwhelmed as the church members looked at him confused and wondering why he was still on the mourners’ bench. The church made Hughes feel uncomfortable, the tension was too much for Hughes to handle so eventually he decided to, “ Lie, too, and say that Jesus had come, and get up and be saved” (Hughes 184). Everyone in the church started shouting and screaming, especially Hughes’ aunt because this meant the world to her. The church was jubilant about his decision. Later that day Hughes cried all night. Hughes’ aunt thought he was crying because he was finally saved, but he was crying because he felt as if he had disappointed his aunt …show more content…

He has a rifle and this makes the crowd extremely happy because they believed that he was going to shoot the elephant who had caused chaos and killed one coolie. Even though Orwell felt pressure from the crowd, he felt some sort of resentment towards the elephant when he saw how peaceful it looked in the fields. “It seemed to me that it would be murder to shoot him” (Orwell 299-300). Orwell wanted to show the crowd that he is not scared, even though he would have to kill the elephant who seems very harmless in the field. Orwell did not want to be taken as a joke, he wanted them to respect him. “with two thousand people marching at my heels, and then to trail feebly away, having done nothing -- no, that was impossible. The crowd would laugh at me. And my whole life, every white man's life in the East, was one long struggle not to be laughed at"(Orwell 299). However, Orwell eventually shoots the elephant so that he does not look like a

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