Burmese Days - Criticism Essay

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Burmese Days - Criticism

Imagine crossing E.M. Forster with Jane Austen. Stir in a bit of socialist doctrine, a
sprig of satire, strong Indian curry, and a couple quarts of good English gin and you get
something close to the flavor of George Orwell's intensely readable and deftly plotted
Burmese Days. Orwell uses his own Anglo-Indian background to show the smothering pettiness
and suffocating heat that are the basis for colonial life: "Mr. MacGregor told his
anecdote about Prome, which could be produced in almost any context. And then the
conversation veered back to the old, never-palling subject--the insolence of the natives,
the supineness of the Government, the dear dead days when the British Raj was the Raj and
please give the bearer fifteen lashes. The topic was never let alone for long, partly
because of Ellis's obsession. Besides, you could forgive the Europeans a great deal of
their bitterness. Living and working among Orientals would try the temper of a saint." In
fact, his combination of a no-frills prose, and astringently populist sensibility make for
fiction that stands out of time.


I was intrigued by how the writer George Orwell portrayed each character's personality.
Each character had their own unique characteristic. James Flory is a timber merchant with
a facial birthmark that promotes the left-learning behavior of the mind which makes him
different from his companions. Flory doesn't always possess the moral courage to stand up
for himself. For example, Mr. Floury's character was unique in every aspect imaginable, by
the way he tries to help Dr. Veraswami's get elected in the club. He was not always
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