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Summary: Compares George Orwell's motives for writing his two essays, "Shooting an Elephant" and "A Hanging." Describes how the political views Orwell illustrates in these essays are shaped from his personal experiences as a British imperial officer in Burma, as well as the larger international conflicts between socialism, totalitarianism, and imperialism existing at the time in which he was writing.
In most of George Orwell's writing, Orwell strives to simultaneously politicize readers while creating an absorbing piece of writing, as is the case in his two essays "A Hanging" and "Shooting an Elephant." The political views Orwell illustrates in these essays are shaped from Orwell's personal experiences as a British imperial officer in Burma, as well as the larger international conflicts existing at the time in which Orwell was writing between socialism, totalitarianism, and imperialism. In "A Hanging" and "Shooting an Elephant", Orwell uses two distressing experiences to criticize imperialism while provoking readers with a moral imperative to find truth.

In "A Hanging", Orwell is concerned with the standards and value of life, as well as racial issues, particularly those connected with imperialism. The tone of the narrator for the majority of the essay is detached as the narrator merely observes the process of the hanging. This...

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