Imperialism In Burmese Days Essay

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Sarah Parr Imperialism in Burmese Days ~ AP World 3/31/14
Jingoism. Nationalism on steroids. When I thought of the word imperialism, I immediately thought of these things because increasing economic influence and control over a country screamed, “I’m better than you, and the world should be more like me, to benefit me.” From the first chapter, I could tell that this novel would involve some pretty self-absorbed characters, beginning with the corrupted U Po Kyin selfishly talking about his and his buddies’ goal to ruin the Indian doctor, Veraswami, for possibly gaining admittance to their club. While “The Club” was the one place the British ...view middle of the document...

It was a little harder for the society to function without all those things. What about the men constantly drinking in their club? The drunken behavior never really caused any serious external problems, and was therefore accepted as a natural flaw of the white man. Most of the Europeans were rude and disrespectful without being drunk. New diseases may have also been caused by the foreigners, but they also brought cures, so it was all even in the end. Veraswami, like most Indians, thought that Britain’s imperialistic intentions were a huge help to India.
A reason why Flory may have felt so sympathetic and friendly toward Veraswami, when none of Flory’s colleagues did, was because Flory knew what it was like to be disrespected and put down, all because of his birthmark, something natural. It created an uneasy childhood, so he understood what it was like to be on defense. He understood that becoming a part of his country’s imperialistic intentions created his real home more so in India than it ever was in England, even though India was different, the food was undesirable, and it got lonely. Maybe his fellow businessmen did not share the same view of India being their home because they were “sticking by their job, instead of sticking to their job.” At first, they only did it to avoid serving in the British military during the War, so it was possible that they had no legitimate drive to go into India. They didn’t even do much in Burma in comparison to serving in the military, as they were just authority figures, almost, and were really only there for themselves.
Burmese servants and mistresses also seemed very loyal to their British masters which showed the influential power that successful imperialism could produce in a country and its people. Flory also respected Veraswami and other Burmen because, unlike Flory’s boys, Indians were real men. They were not...

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