The British colonization of Burma created a racial 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 rest. These non-whites are considered second nature to the Europeans and hold such titles and jobs as peasants and servants. Elizabeth often refers them to as “beastly”. She is an Englishwomen, a niece of the colonialist, comes to Burma to stay with her aunt and uncle. The theme of racial boundary in Burmese Days extends also to social and sexual boundaries as well. The exclusivity of the European Club signifies the social structure throughout the book. The European Club consists of all white Europeans resembling a current day country club. This club is exclusive to only white Europeans. The members of this group sit around in the club and drink and belittle women and the Burmese. Sexual boundaries displayed in this novel are reproduced throughout the novel between character interactions. This mostly deals with the interactions between Flory with Elizabeth and a Burmese woman Ma Hla May. Women are perceived to be inferior to males in Burma. Burmese women especially are looked upon as peasants and prostitutes. Boundaries such as social and sexual, as themes in this novel, are just merely sub-themes that tie in together with the main theme of this novel dealing with the white European supremacy over the non-white Burmese.
The story of this novel takes place in a town Kyauktada, Burma. The plot and theme of the novel is surrounded by exclusivity of the European Club to white members only. Membership of this club
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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….
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….
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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….
I. Orwell, George. Burmese Days, Harcourt Inc, 1934.
The World Since 1850
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….
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 in 1920s….
George Orwell was born in India in 1903 and died in 1950. He lived in India until his first birthday, when his mother brought him and his sister back to England. Young Orwell had a way with words from the start. It’s been said that his first word was ‘beastly’ and that he wrote his first poem at age 4. He was educated at Eton College. After completing his education, he travelled back to India to live with his dad. However, he regretted this decision after he realised that he didn’t actually like….
George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” offers an array of insight on overcoming poor writing habits. Orwell suggests modern English writing has become corrupt with many avoidable mistakes. As these mistakes continue to inhabit writing, the writer’s purpose continues to be vague and often meaningless to the reader. As a result, Orwell introduced six rules every writer should follow.
In an effort to achieve precision, one must be willing to apply rules to writing. Orwell begins….
Eric Arthur Blair or better known as George Orwell was an English journalist and novelist, whom was born on the 25th of June 1903. George Orwell had spent his school years at St Cyprian's School, Eastbourne. Blair hated it there; he could not wait till the day he was rid of that school. George was a Socialist; The Spanish Civil War played the most important part in defining Orwell's socialism because it made him fight for what he loved, beauty. During most of his career, Orwell was….
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….
Antisemitism in Britain
There are about 400,000 known Jews in Britain, and in addition some thousands or, at most, scores of thousands of Jewish refugees who have entered the country from 1934 onwards. The Jewish population is almost entirely concentrated in half a dozen big towns and is mostly employed in the food, clothing and furniture trades. A few of the big monopolies, such as the ICI, one or two leading newspapers and at least one big chain of department stores are Jewish-owned….