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TEACHER COMMENTSThe 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 OrwellThe literature ofGeorge Orwell focuses on his personal experiences in life with his feelings,humanity, and how others treated him based on his employment and lifeexperiences; these literatures include Shootingan Elephant, Animal Farm & 1984, and Down and Out in Paris and London.All of his publications including short stories, books, and essays arenarrative 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 thatOrwell feels or have the ability to imagine that place in time because Orwellis so descriptive with his words and phrases. Shooting anElephantOne of Orwell’s literaturesis about more than one person’s riveting narrative about the beginning ofawareness. The book Shooting an Elephantcaptures a universal experience of going against one’s humanity at the cost ofa part of that humanity. George Orwell depicts himself as a colonial servant,but found the tasks inhuman to the colonial subjects; which includes himtelling stories of shooting an elephant even though the elephant does not dieeven after several shots. This causes Orwell toportray sympathy while committing the unsympathetic deed of shooting theelephant and in this sympathy portrays in Orwell’s thoughts after theelephant’s death. Orwell experiences many emotions throughout this process as acolonial servant and is angered by the British servant police officers. “He isrelieved, he admits, that the coolie died because it gave him a pretext forshooting the elephant, but as far as his fellow officers are concerned he didthe right thing” (Orwell, George. 2014).Throughoutthis story Orwell portrayed his idea concerning the effects of the imperialismto both the oppressed and the oppressors. He argues that every white man’s lifein the East was one long struggle. Orwell says that the white men destroyedtheir freedom by turning tyrant against the Indians. Orwell states that theimperialist became “Besides, legally I had done the right thing, for a madelephant 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 toshoot an elephant for killing a coolie, because an elephant was worth more thanany damn Coringhee coolie; I was very glad that the coolie had been killed; itput me legally in the right and it gave me a sufficient pretext for shootingthe elephant” (Orwell, G. 1936). Priorto independence, colonial masters had taken charges of the administration ofvarious countries across the world. The colonies exploited the naturalresources in the colonies. They also used readily available human power beforemechanization. Citizens lost their lands to colonial masters, which they usedas plantations, firms, and homes. The colonialization led to emergence of warsbetween colonizers and the civilized colonized. These wars led to destructionof properties and loss mass loss of lives. Therefore, there were negativeeffect of colonization to both the colonized and colonizers.In his literature, Orwell depicts how colonialists mistreatedall people. He reveals a rational image of imperialism, as he was a part of theimperialistic workforce via recruitment in the Burmese police. His settlementin Burma gave him the chance to analyze from a close quarter the effects ofimperialism. Orwell’s “Shooting elephants” shows the real picture of whathappens in a colonial ground. Thus giving an elephant a punishment by killingit shows lack of moral integrity. This literature reveals the facts and detailsof colonialism and its consequence upon the colonized as well as upon thecolonizer in the sub-continent that assist us realize Orwell’s attitude towardsimperialism and colonialism When Orwell killsthe 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 didnot like him but liked the magical rifle that was in his hands. Orwell speaksof himself when he says that it was the conditions of the imperialist’s rulerequiring him to spend his life trying to please as well as impress the mastersand 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 costof a part of that humanity” (Tyner, J. A. 2005). Orwellreveals the dismal quality of his entire life as well as every white man’s lifein the East, which was one long struggle. Orwell’s fears of mockery representthe fears of imperialists of a loss of control. It is clear that the Britishcould have power over the economics and politics of their colonies; however, theycould not control the mockery and disdain of the natives (Allegretti, J. 1993).Atthe moment when he faced the elephant, he said that the sole thought in hismind was that if anything went wrong those two thousand Burman would see himpursued, caught, trampled on, and reduced to a grinning corpse. He feared sinceif 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 FarmOrwell’s book, Animal Farm, hasbecome a famous book since it portrays the hurtful analysis of the West;written to inform the population of the history and uses rhetoric phrases todescribe the Russian Revolution. The book is a reiterating version of the development,popularity, and expansion of communism. Instead of portraying the story fromthe perspectives of people Orwell chooses to use animals to play the parts ofpeople.  This novel allegorizes a boostin control by Joseph Stalin, the dictator. In the novella, the overthrow of thehuman oppressor Mr. Jones by a democratic coalition of animals quickly givesway to the consolidation of power among the pigs. Much like the Sovietintelligentsia, the pigs establish themselves as the ruling class in the newsociety.One of the novella’s most impressiveaccomplishments is its portrayal not just of the figures in power but also ofthe oppressed people themselves. Animal Farm is not told from the perspectiveof any particular character, though occasionally it does slip into Clover’sconsciousness. Rather, the story is told from the perspective of the commonanimals as a whole. One of Orwell’s central concerns,both in Animal Farm and in 1984, is the way in which language can bemanipulated as an instrument of control. In Animal Farm, the pigs graduallytwist and distort rhetoric of socialist revolution to justify their behaviorand to keep the other animals in the dark. The animals heartily embrace Major’svisionary ideal of socialism, but after Major dies, the pigs gradually twistthe meaning of his words. As a result, the other animals seemunable to oppose the pigs without also opposing the ideals of the Rebellion.Orwell’s sophisticated exposure of this abuse of languageremains one of the most compelling and enduring features of Animal Farm, worthyof close study even after we have decoded its allegorical characters andevents. “George Orwell’s classic satire of the Russian Revolution is anintimate part of our contemporary culture as it accounts for the bold struggle,initiated by the animals, that transforms Mr. Jones’s Manor Farm into AnimalFarm–a wholly democratic society built on the credo that All Animals Are CreatedEqual.” (Orwell. George. 2003). Down and Out in Paris and London “The Parisian episode is fascinating for itsexpose of the kitchens of posh French restaurants, where the narrator works atthe bottom of the culinary echelon as dishwasher, or plumber in London, whilewaiting for a job, he experiences the world of tramps, street people, and freelodging houses” (Orwell, George. 1972).George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London is a semi-autobiographicalnovel on one man’s plight as a peasant in the early 1900’s in France andEngland. The novel is based on life experiences and portrays a lot of subjectthemes like workplace violence, poverty, theft and horrible living conditions,just to name a few. George Orwell intentionally shows this life in the contextof European social and economic class struggles and more specifically how thislife fits into the global and international context. He continues to portraythe life experience of a common European as a poverty stricken peasantry classwhich is trapped in the confines of the elite class’s social conventions. Thisis significant to our understanding of Interwar Europe because it tells asubaltern and individualistic account of class struggle and difference, whichis an on-going subject matter in contemporary historical studies. At the beginning of thenovel, the narrator is living in Paris, teaching English to pay his bills, buthe slowly loses his students and then gets robbed, leaving him enough money tosurvive for only a week or two. He makes drastic changes in his budget andfinds that living in poverty is a complicated ordeal. Working in the hotel opens the narrator’s eyes to the squalidconditions behind the scenes at upscale Parisian establishments. The kitchensare full of filth, mediocre ingredients, and poor working conditions, but juston the other side of the wall, the dining rooms is lush, clean, and luxurious.In the end, the narrator does get a job when theemployer returns to England, but he has changed his perspective about manythings. At this point he realizes that he can no longer judge vagrants or thinkthat they are not worthy of working when he sees them standing around waitingfor the shelters to open. He gains a great respect for people who can seethrough their trials and be happy anyway.ReferencesAllegretti,J. (1993). Shooting elephants, serving clients: An essay on George Orwell andthe lawyer-client relationship. Creighton L. Rev., 27, 1.Orwell,George. (1936). Shooting an elephant. New Writing, 2, 501-06. Orwell,George. (1972). Down and Out in Paris and London. Mariner Books. New York, N.Y.Orwell.George. (2003). Animal Farm & 1984. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Boston, M.A.Orwell,George, and W. J. West. (2013). Orwell, the lost writings. New York: Arbor House.Orwell,George. (2014).The Orwellreader; fiction, essays, and reportage. New York: Harcourt, Brace.Orwell, George., Hobley, Peter., Davison,Ian.,  and Davison, Sheila. (2010). Thecomplete works of GeorgeOrwell. London: Secker & Warburg.Tyner, J. A. (2005). Landscape andthe mask of self in George Orwell’s ‘Shooting an elephant’. Area, 37(3),260-267.


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