‘A Hanging’ by George Orwell | Essay

Even though death is a natural part of existence, we tend to view upon it as our enemy and a taboo topic. Reflecting about death can therefore be problematic as it’s a life taken away.

In the short story “A Hanging” by George Orwell the narrator has a sudden realization of what it means to take another life.

The dog also becomes the messenger of the story. The dog symbolizes equality as it does not care about race nor religion, therefore the restrainer becomes a symbol of the rejection of this.In the short story the prisoners and the convicted man are dehumanized.

“We were waiting outside the condemned cells, a row of sheds fronted with double bars, like small animal cages.” (p.1 ll. 3-4).

The environment and atmosphere make the lives of the inmates unimportant as animals, only when the execution of the conducted we feel a humanized trade, the unavoidable death.

Because of this there is a big separation between the British and the natives. Like in the short story the British has the power over the natives, where they can take their land, freedom and even life.

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