The Absurdity of Imperialism

By examining George Orwell‘s story A Hanging, one can see by describing the symbol of the superintendent of the jail and the image of the prisoner, that the author provides a dark tone to illustrate the absurdity of imperialism. Firstly, the image of superintendent is used to illustrate the power and authority of imperialism, like the top of right to control people and force them to follow, while the jail is a represent of imperialism, and the superintendent is the top of this huge mountain for the colonized even he is just an army doctor. He represses and controls the people optionally with legitimate right, while his people have no power to revolt. The superintendent’s stick is like his 3rd hand but much more like the use of imperialism power, because “he made a swift motion with stick”, a man lost his life. One can see through this detailed description that the absurdity of imperialism, and the power, the brutality of imperialism is shown. That is what is stated in the article, “Suddenly the superintendent made up his mind.

Throwing up his head he made a swift motion with his stick. ‘Chalo!’ he shouted almost fiercely. There was a clanking noise, and then dead silence.

The prisoner had vanished, and the rope was twisting on itself.”(Orwell 3-4). The emphasis is placed on the superintendent who appeals to be ordering the hangman for execution when he says ‘Chalo’. The power and cruelty are seen, because a man died casually just for this very simple word and order. It seems very easy that ‘The prisoner had vanished’ under the control of imperialism, and people’ life is so unvalued and insignificant. Through the image of superintendent Orwell clearly illustrates imperialism and its supreme and paramount power control people and then led a feeling of helplessness. Secondly, the symbol of the prisoner is used to contrast with the superintendent to illustrate the corruption and ruin of imperialism, like the bott.

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