Burmese Days Review

Good Essays
I. Orwell, George. Burmese Days, Harcourt Inc, 1934.
287 pp.

Patrick Morgan

The World Since 1850

Greenstein

Burmese Days Book Review

September 27, 2010

II. George Orwell, born Eric Blair was born in Motihari, Bengal, a then British territory of India in 1903. He was very scholarly from a young age and earned scholarships to preparatory schools and both Wellington and Eton colleges. After furthering his education at Eton he joined the Indian Imperial Police Force in Burma. After 5 years he grew to hate the thought of British imperialism and resigned in 1928 to return to England. It is suggested by many that Burmese Days is loosely based on his service. Orwell was from a “lower-upper middle class” family, but chose to live his own life in poverty, advocating socialism and writing for the “common man”. He is also the author of Animal Farm and 1984. George Orwell was well competent in his writings due to his life experience, he lived and was well connected to the subjects he wrote about.

III. Burmese Days centers around the life of Mr. John Flory, a European lumber merchant who is fair and respectful to the Indian culture. Throughout the novel Mr. Flory is trying to win the heart of Elizabeth Lackersteen, the niece of his employee Mr. Lackersteen but finds it rather difficult due to political games being played by U Po Kyin. U Po Kyin is a native born corrupt and greedy magistrate who tries to ruin Mr. Flory and his native friend Dr. Veraswami so that he may become the first native to become a member of an until then exclusive European Club. Dr. Veraswami is the most qualified native to join this club, however U Po Kyin’s malicious plan includes eliminating his protection through trying to discredit his powerful and respected friend John Flory. U Po Kyin’s actions cause a string of effects that lead to the destruction of the lives of Dr. Flory and Mr. Flory. He starts by sending slanderous letters about Dr. Veraswami and even Flory. He then sets

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Good Essays

    Burmese Days Book Review

    • 2419 Words
    • 10 Pages

    a book review on George Orwell’s, Burmese Days. The story shows corruption and imperial prejudice. The daily lives of Burmese and the British were affected by inequality and racism. For the Imperialists life was very well but to the locals the Europeans lived like gods. Therefore the main symbol that portrayed British imperialism, involving racism was the European club. The club located in Burma was a representation of British racism against everyone else that was not British. Burmese Days is set…

    • 2419 Words
    • 10 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Burmese Days

    • 1142 Words
    • 5 Pages

    Racism in Burmese Britain owned many colonies throughout the 1800’s including Burma. While the British were able to manufacturing raw materials from Burma until the early 1900’s, British Imperialism would forever influence the Burmese Natives. In George Orwell book “Burmese Days,” racism is one example of this British Imperialism influence. British Imperialism allowed the use of racism to influence the European Club members and British military. Some British authority used racism to diminish the…

    • 1142 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Burmese Days

    • 795 Words
    • 4 Pages

    It seems there isn't much on the net about Burmese Days that one can look over when getting ready to write an essay. I have provided one I wrote that is about 2 1/2 pages long and outlines some basic themes as well as analyzes the main character. Tell me what you guys think: Burmese Days by George Orwell is not a book that commonly comes to mind when one thinks '"'Orwell'"' but nevertheless it holds a distinguished place in his career as a writer. The novel revolves around the lives of a handful…

    • 795 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    terrible depression that plagues him throughout the book stems from his inability to find a true companion. It is John Flory’s unprecedented natural sense of equality in all mankind that is the root cause for his loneliness throughout the book Burmese Days by George Orwell. There are very few potential friends for a white bachelor in Burma in the 1920’s, and Mr. Flory destroys practically every possibility immediately by thinking that all men are created equal. The other dozen or so members…

    • 1210 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    Burmese Days: An Example of Imperialism Nineteenth century industrialization brought new riches and power to Western Europe, driving the expansion of opportunities and the building of empires in undeveloped territories. Although the developed countries brought many modern technologies to under-developed nations, they also brought fierce racism and European arrogance. Burmese Days by George Orwell was written in 1834 as a satirical view of English imperial life in Burma. Orwell provides a realistic…

    • 785 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Orwell’s novels 1984 and Burmese Days demonstrate two very different styles. Burmese Days, having been written at the beginning of his career has some flaws which he has managed to perfect by the end of his career in 1984. The issue of language is therefore very important when comparing these two novels. Orwell generally uses a language that everyone can understand. It is clear and straight to the point. He gives enough details to instil ideas but not so much that a reader becomes overwhelmed…

    • 792 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Burmese Pythons

    • 696 Words
    • 3 Pages

    Burmese Pythons Have you ever seen a Burmese Python? Well, they are beautiful animals, but also very dangerous. People are buying them as pets and turn them loose in Florida. There is going to be a big change in the local animals and the ecosystems. The pythons are very large animals. They can grow up to 20ft and can weight up to 200lbs.They are also having a python challenge. Whoever brings in the biggest or most pythons they could win up to 1,500$. This challenge is not safe because one of these…

    • 696 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    Burmese Imperialism

    • 1833 Words
    • 8 Pages

    Attitudes of British Imperialists in Burma and the Burmese Response The British began colonizing India and its surrounding countries during the early 1800’s and soon had several profitable colonies in the Eastern Hemisphere. The arrival of the British imperialists in the country had a profound effect on the native population. This interaction between dominators and dominated is perfectly illustrated In George Orwell’s Burmese Days. This novel highlights the imperial interactions in the country…

    • 1833 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    boundary that had the Burmese dealing with white European supremacy since day one. It is evident throughout George Orwell’s novel, Burmese Days, that the main theme is the superiority of the white Europeans over the non-white Burmese. The white Europeans are extremely racist, sexist, and self centered. The social class system in this novel seems to be a two-tier system. The top tier being the white European elite, while the bottom tier seems to be the rest. The non-white Burmese people constituted the…

    • 1471 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    About the book: The book "Burmese Days" was written by George Orwell and published first in 1934. Orwell took the inspiration for this first novel of his from the experiences he gained during his service as an imperial police officer in Burma in the late 1920s. There he was confronted with extreme forms of imperialism, causing racism and also chauvinism. These are also the main topics of the novel and although they are wrapped up in the story of a single man's fate, John Flory's, these topics…

    • 5669 Words
    • 23 Pages
    Powerful Essays