Burmese Day.

Essay by fnguyenHigh School, 12th gradeA+, June 2003

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Throughout the course of history, the acquisition and retention of both power and wealth have been the greatest priorities of mankind, that which has been surpassed by no other. However unwarranted or immoral it may seem, the power of the greatest nations of the world has always been drawn from the rape, pillage, and plunder of foreign lands deemed to be weaker and thus obsolete. Without the procurement of the wealth of others, some of history's greatest nations would have ceased to exist. Every nation which exists today was built upon the blood and sweat of those conquered. To those who wish to retain their wealth and power, the use of murder and injustice are of no consequence. It is a simple yet horrifying fact that there are those who simply love power and who will go to any lengths to assert it and to continue asserting it. The Romans decimated Greece and their wealth and labor were assimilated to aid in the creation of the Roman Empire.

Throughout history, the same tale unfolds time and time again: a great nation arises, and then an even greater on brings about the mutiny of its own people or of the people it has oppressed. Although not quite famous as some of Orwell's other novels, such as Animal Farm and Killing an Elephant, the novel Burmese Days presents a bitter a satirical picture of the white man's rule in Upper Burma.

In George Orwell'sBurmese Days the Indians are plagued with stereotypes and are never fully allowed to enter into a society established in their own country by men from a native land. When it is suggested by a wealthy European character named Flory that a native of high stature be allowed to enter into their club, Ellis, another wealthy European, summarizes...