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A Hanging [Reading] ➷ A Hanging By George Orwell – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Popular ePub A Hanging by George Orwell The way the author shows is genius and it really helps me connect with the story Popular ePub, A Hanging by George Orwell The way the author shows is genius and it really helps me connect with the story.


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  1. Petra-X Petra-X says:

    Some reviews have said that this story and Shooting an Elephant are similar in feeling and intent I don't think so To me they are radically different in feeling The Hanging is the occupier the White man the representative of Empire just doing his job in a cold and dispassionate way The Superintendant is a doctor the man who heals who does his best to preserve life But here he is the man who cuts it off He is from the land where timetables matter and it is already 8 minutes past the time ordained for the condemned man's death As soon as he gives the order for the condemned Indian to hang the deed is done the Superintendant pokes the newly dead man with a stick He was scarcely human before just a job to be done before breakfast now he's not human at all just a body poke him with a stick Now the job is done the Superintendant is happier The day's routine can proceed with scarcely a delay almost no disturbance it will be forgotten shortly just another day Rewritten 25 July 2016The observer Orwell doesn't feel like this is horrified this was a man right to the last second and his life mattered It was important he was important It is a terrible thing they are doing taking away a life and a great worry to him But the act of execution brings relief No use crying about spilt milk On with lifeIn between Orwell and the Superintendant is the Eurasian the man of mixed blood with one foot in each camp He doesn't want to be identifed with the Indians who are the subject race and liable to be hung or commanded to execute one of themselves he wants to be identified with those that wear pith helmets white gloves and give the orders And so he tells gruesome and slightly disgusting stories to ingratiate himself with the masters he wishes were his peers If they laugh with him he has gained a victory he is one of them at least for the moment And one moment can build upon another until amity if not euality may be achievedBut to me Shooting an Elephant was all about Orwell as the reluctant representative of Empire and the only one allowed to bear arms being forced into doing what the Indians wanted against his will His strength was turned against him by the crowds who had no power other than pressure to force those in authority to follow the rules they had set down He had a job to do and they were going to make him do it for their own benefit In The Hanging the Superintendant didn't give a damn for those around him whether beast or man he had a job to do and didn't uestion it This is Empire and this is how we proceedOr it was It's different now the map is no longer red and despite the vast propaganda machine of the BBC spreading the language and it's left wing views no one gives a damn with the Englishmen say any their authority has totally gone


  2. Mohsin Maqbool Mohsin Maqbool says:

    GEORGE Orwell's essay The Hanging describes in vivid detail about a Hindu prisoner who is being led to the gallows where he is to be executed by hanging The criminal is accompanied by six Indian jail wardens However let me elucidate that the story takes place in Burma and not in IndiaIn the first para Orwell lets the readers know what the jail looks like The 10 by 10 feet cells look like small animal cages He goes on In some of them brown silent men were suatting at the inner bars with their blankets draped round them These were the condemned men due to be hanged within the next week or twoWith the comparison of the cells to small animal cages you can easily sense what the condemned prisoners must be going through Animals and birds are never happy inside zoos and within their confined spaces Their freedom is lost I am sure you must have seen lions and tigers pacing up and down their cages Apes scamper from one end to the other time and again They can also be seen scratching their heads as if in a fix where and what to climb or how to swing Birds either sit tight on branches placed inside the cages or they keep flitting and fluttering within the small confines of their enclosuresBrown silent men also lets us know that they are depressed and feeling melancholic Their hanged faces tell the entire story When a prisoner is kept in a penitentiary it is hell But when he knows that he has only seven days to live that is even worse All kinds of crazy thoughts must be coming to his mind And what about the one who is to meet his death within five minutes? His heartbeat must be racing like a bullet trainGeorge Orwell writes so beautifully He has a photographic memory Not only this but he is well read too The following paragraph is the best where this essay is concerned It is curious but till that moment I had never realized what it means to destroy a healthy conscious man When I saw the prisoner step aside to avoid the puddle I saw the mystery the unspeakable wrongness of cutting a life short when it is in full tide This man was not dying he was alive just as we were alive All the organs of his body were working–bowels digesting food skin renewing itself nails growing tissues forming–all toiling away in solemn foolery His nails would still be growing when he stood on the drop when he was falling through the air with a tenth of a second to live His eyes saw the yellow gravel and the grey walls and his brain still remembered foresaw reasoned–reasoned even about puddles He and we were a party of men walking together seeing hearing feeling understanding the same world; and in two minutes with a sudden snap one of us would be gone–one mind less one world lessYou can easily gather from this that Mr Orwell is totally against the death penalty He feels for the condemned prisoner just like we feel for our sisterbrother or our best friend when she is wronged Oh Yes I almost forgot to mention the stray dog who appears out of nowhere in The Hanging and plays a big part in uplifting the tempo of the story This clearly shows us how much Mr Orwell loves animals But then which reader does not We all know that he wrote Shooting the Elephant and an entire novel called Animal FarmI was surprised to read that some reviewers think that the ending of the story is ridiculous It certainly isn't After every war every disaster every sad incident life returns to normal Sometimes gradually and sometimes immediately like in this story after the prisoner has been executedOne thing before I conclude my review The only time we come to know that the condemned prisoner was scared is when the Eurasian boy tells Mr Orwell Do you know sir our friend he meant the dead man when he heard his appeal had been dismissed he pissed on the floor of his cell From fright This brilliant story is strongly recommended for all


  3. Brian Brian says:

    Combine this short story with Shooting an Elephant and you might have the two best pieces writ by Orwell It is clear that the seeds of Animal Farm and 1984 are contained in these works inspired by his time in Burma and the horrific display of humanity in its guises both corporate and personal When an animal is anthropomorphasized to offer the only expression of sympathy you know it is roughWorth the ten minutes to read Here is A Hanging here is Shooting an Elephant


  4. Duane Duane says:

    Essay written in 1931 describing the hanging of a prisoner in Burma that Orwell must have witnessed when he was in service there It is very similar to his essay Shooting an Elephant also set in Burma Orwell's vivid descriptions of the setting the people and most importantly the mood surrounding the story are stark and memorable Both these fine essays can be read free on the Literature Network


  5. Joey Joey says:

    This is a perfect combination with Shooting an Elephant 4 stars in one book The feelings both convey in the sentences could bring about nuclear fission laughs I would for sure give it 5 stars Just the kidding aside This is a perfect essay for the perpetual global issue now imposing capital punishments on prisoners or captives One of the punishments that has still been practiced is hanging Recently ISIS Islamic State of Ira and Syria was reported to have hanged few Egyptian Christians in light of their ideologies In fact it is sad to say that not only does such group embrace this kind of blood curdling punishment but also 58 countries still do Twenty three of these countries have executed 527 people To put it bluntly most of the countries that still embrace death penalty are China the United States Pakistan Iran North Korea Saudi Arabia Bangladesh Yemen Indonesia and IraThey uphold death penalty laws for some reasons Whatever argumentative reasons these countries have in my humble opinion I am absolutely against DEATH PENALTY not that it is unconstitutional in our country not that our country is a religious country not that we are crime free in effect we have floats of crocodiles in kind unless we were still living in a dark era when people were still intellectually and morally immature to kill one another weren't we? If we are in reality at the present time DEATH PENALTY is applicable when we are all in danger to get annihilated Tsk tsk tsk Orwell was right There is such an evil Upon reading this essay there are lines that dwelt upon me “It is curious but till that moment I had never realised what it means to destroy a healthy conscious man When I saw the prisoner step aside to avoid the puddle I saw the mystery the unspeakable wrongness of cutting a life short when it is in full tide This man was not dying he was alive just as we are alive All the organs of his body were working bowels digesting food skin renewing itself nails growing tissues forming all toiling away in solemn foolery His nails would still be growing when he stood on the drop when he was falling through the air with a tenth of a second to live His eyes saw the yellow gravel and the grey walls and his brain still remembered foresaw reasoned even about puddles He and we were a party of men walking together seeing hearing feeling understanding the same world; and in two minutes with a sudden snap one of us would be gone one mind less one world less”Gee this part makes my flesh creep A message coming from the other planetThis essay sounds journalistic “in a sense “ now infected by Orwell’s favorite word in his essays that Orwell had witnessed different kinds of state wars His description about the prisoners the miserably sordid camp the hanging place the dog the atmosphere they are one in a picture in my mind As I reviewed his essay Shooting an Elephant 4 stars Orwell’s writing styles are sooo impressive I really liked it despite its ending is ridiculous I am now getting familiar with his trademark


  6. Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly says:

    In Shooting the Elephant George Orwell was similarly speaking as a British police officer and that piece is but one silent introspective disgust over his role in that particular period in history when Burma was under British colonial rule He had to mercilessly and needlessly kill an elephant he didn't really want to killIn this other story it is a Hindu convict who is about to be hanged Orwell and his fellow officers march him to his place of execution and it is here just like when he had his elephant rifle and about to meet the animal to kill it that Orwell has his epiphany It was about forty yards to the gallows I watched the bare brown back of the prisoner marching in front of me He walked clumsily with his bound arms but uite steadily with that bobbing gait of the Indian who never straightens his knees At each step his muscles slid neatly into place the lock of hair on his scalp danced up and down his feet printed themselves on the wet gravel And once in spite of the men who gripped him by each shoulder he stepped lightly aside to avoid a puddle on the path It is curious; but till that moment I had never realized what it means to destroy a healthy conscious man When I saw the prisoner step aside to avoid the puddle I saw the mystery the unspeakable wrongness of cutting a life short when it is in full tideThey kill him anyway


  7. Adina Adina says:

    A chilling and atmospheric essay about the execution of a prisoner in Burma and the psychological effects this has on the people that have to do this job the author included A dog that appeared from nowhere was the only one to show sympathy for the prisoner while the men continued with their normal lives immediately after the execution as nothing happened The author's opinion regarding death penalty can be guessed from the following phrases It is curious but till that moment I had never realized what it means to destroy a healthy conscious man When I saw the prisoner step aside to avoid the puddle I saw the mystery the unspeakable wrongness of cutting a life short when it is in full tide This man was not dying he was alive just as we were alive All the organs of his body were working — bowels digesting food skin renewing itself nails growing tissues forming — all toiling away in solemn foolery His nails would still be growing when he stood on the drop when he was falling through the air with a tenth of a second to live His eyes saw the yellow gravel and the grey walls and his brain still remembered foresaw reasoned — reasoned even about puddles He and we were a party of men walking together seeing hearing feeling understanding the same world; and in two minutes with a sudden snap one of us would be gone — one mind less one world less


  8. Ashley Ashley says:

    I was not assigned to read this essay but I did come across it in my college English book When I saw that it was Orwell I just had to read itI feel off saying that I enjoyed reading it as the subject matter is a bit heavy for enjoy I admire Orwell's descriptive writing that gives the reader a feeling of being there as well as a sense of his own discomfort that is uickly hidden behind laughsThere are many topics that could be discussed from this essay most of which are debate starters I am not really trying to get into that on Goodreads I just choose to respect Orwell's layman style writing that is easily read and understood by most as well as getting the reader's mind to turn thinking on things he or she was not thinking about beforehand


  9. Daren Daren says:

    One of Orwell's short essays set in Burma where Orwell spent time an an Imperial Policeman when Burma was in British controlThe setting is a prison and we are uickly introduced to an un named prisoner taken from his cell and secured as his is taken on his final walk to the gallowsThe narrator Orwell presumably is a part of the police force but doesn't play an active role in the execution other than the holding of the dog but we are treated to his description of events and to hearing his thoughts on the death of the prisoner and especially the effects of the execution on those tasked with the duty of officiating or carrying out the jobNo words are wasted no redundant sentences just excellent concise writingFour stars


  10. Sarra Ouali Sarra Ouali says:

    Once againGeorge Orwell never disappointsThe description in this short non fiction essay was so powerful and the imagery so vivid This is really a short but a powerful essay


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