Explore BrainMass

George Orwell's 'Burmese Days' Review

Need guidance with Burmese Days by George Orwell as I need to provide a vivid analysis on the colonial experience and the views of the characters regarding the British Empire.

Solution Preview

Dear Student,
Hi and thank you for your patience. To help you with this particular problem, I have had to read Orwell's book which took up quite some time. It is interesting reading about the British Colonial especially, especially about the Raj. To answer the questions set, we must put together an outline that allows us to focus on specific details only. Since the book is quite complicated, we can go on many tangents. So it's best to focus only on the questions given. Suggested outline as follows:

1. Introduction - a short entry about what the paper will tackle, about the book and the author - 200 words.
2. Reflecting on the Colonial period - what do we know about the colonial life from the book? - 300 words
3. From the eyes of the Europeans - views of Flory, Elizabeth and actions of other Europeans against the natives. - 300 words
4. From the eyes of the Natives - views of U Po Kyin, Veraswami & Flory's concubine about the British - 300 words
5. Shaping Identity - social, cultural and psychological effects of colonialism - 300 words
6. On the Collapse of the Empire (this should serve as the conclusion) - 300 words
7. References
The above outline will give you about 1,700 words easily and should fill around 4 pages. the short discussion below follows this outline. Please be aware of the limitations of this solution. Good luck with your studies.

OTA 1057878/Xenia Jones

Review of George Orwell's 'Burmese Days'

It was 1934 and British novelist George Orwell's novel 'Burmese Days' was first published in the USA. It is a tale set in the waning days of the British Empire, specifically the British Raj. Material for this novel came from Orwell's own experience (real name Eric Arthur Blair) in the years 1922 to 1927 when he served as a police officer for the Indian Imperial Force. By the 19th century, the Empire has placed the management of Burma under the British Raj. The resulting book is a fantastic mirror of the Burmese society that was under these particular set of conditions, giving readers a window into this particular period in time on the kind of lives and concerns of the natives and the European masters. In this narrative I will be presenting a reflection of life during the colonial period from both the European and the Native viewpoints and how these all shaped ideas of identity and contributed to the eventual crumbling of the empire. The political and social ideas that the author had is presented by the many voices of the characters in this particular novel. The thing is, it is not necessarily just that one voice - it is the voice of so many coming from different perspectives and from the kind that populate the British Raj from the servant class to the upper class and the colonial masters. The socio-colonial divide is laid bare in this book and readers get taken back to an era when Britain was the most powerful colonial power on the planet. many say that it is a dark portrait of the British Raj but I am of the opinion that it is a realistic depiction of Burma in this particular period as can be discerned ...

Solution Summary

the solution provides assistance, information and advise in putting together a paper that reviews 'Burmese Days' by George Orwell whereby the purpose of the paper is to provide a vivid analysis on the colonial experience and the views of the characters regarding the British Empire. An outline for the paper is also suggested.