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Bumese Days By George Orwell Essay

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In George Orwell’s book Burmese Days, the relationship between the British colonizers and the Burmese/Indians that were colonized caused British Imperialism in Burma to eventually decline. The relationships between John Flory and Dr. Veraswami, Ellis with the Burmese/Indians and is used to explain the decline of the British’s role in Burma. The European Club played an important role in the British’s power and the relationships in book showed how the natives had trouble gaining power.
The relationship between the English John Flory and the Indian Dr. Veraswami is a unique one because Flory treats in a friendly manner. Unlike many of his acquaintances, Flory is more open to Burmese culture ...view middle of the document...

The European club was very important because the members were powerful however; membership was only reserved for the British. The European Club was a place for the British to enjoy themselves and they did not want “natives poking about here” because it was the “one place where we’re free of them.” (pg. 24) Dr. Veraswami admires the British and wishes to join their club. He is an opportunity to gain membership to the club when they decide to allow a native to join. He strives to be like the British however, the British look down on him. Dr.Veraswami wants to be like the British because he sees them as progressive and civilized and looks down on his own people. He tries to join the European Club to gain power but he experiences many obstacles. U Po Kyin is unhappy with Dr. Veraswami’s friendship with Flory because they believe it be harmful to them and because they “cannot hurt an Indian when he has a European friend. It gives him--what is that word they are so fond of?—prestige.” (page.8) He believes that Dr. Versawami is using his friendship with Flory to gain access to the European Club. In reality, Dr. Versawami does not ask Flory to help him gain membership to the European Club. Therefore, this causes U Po Kyin starts a rebellion and blames it on Dr. Veraswami. The riots started to prevent a native from gaining access to club and any status backfires because it causes the British’s power to wane due to the people’s anger.
Another important relationship in the book is Ellis with Dr. Veraswami, U Po Kyin and his general attitude towards Indians/Burmese people. He is a member of the European club and his attitude towards the Burmese people is very negative. He supports the British colony of Burma because he believes that the people there are incompetent at ruling themselves and that without the British’s role they would be completely uncivilized. He despises the “prestige” that Dr. Versawami is getting and he disapproves of Flory’s friendship with him. In addition, he is racist towards Dr. Versawami and other natives because he sees himself as superior to all of them. He participates in U Po Kyin’s plot to ruin Dr. Verswami and try to remove any chance of him getting any power in the European Club. Ellis’s racist attitude towards the natives is very similar to many of the British such as Elizabeth and Mr. Lackersteen. When Mr. MacGregor suggest that they allow a native...

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