“I had never realised what it means to destroy a healthy, conscious man.” After reading and understanding George Orwell’s feelings through his experiences in his essay “A Hanging.” We come to realize that George Orwell, a visitor from the European establishment, gets the opportunity to participate in the execution of a Hindu man. The author is degraded by what he has witnessed and experienced, and decides to share his feelings with the rest of the establishment through his writings.
We understand that the author’s purpose is to show how degraded he feels by the events that took place that morning in Burma.
Throughout his essay the author shows, that the prisoners are treated like animals. We see this when the author is describing the cells, he states, “We were waiting outside the condemned cells, a row of sheds fronted with double bars, like small animal cages.” We also see this evident when he is describing the way it took six guards to escort a “puny wisp of a man.” He says, “It was like men handling a fish which is still alive and may jump back into the water.”
The author’s purpose is to also allow the audience to understand the way the guards and superintendent felt towards the prisoners. We see this when the superintendent is upset because the execution is running late, and says, “For God’s sake hurry up, Francis.” And “The man ought to have been dead by this time.” This allows the reader to see the disrespect the authority has towards the prisoners.
We see that the author’s purpose is to allow the readers to understand that the prisoners were not treated humanly, and allows us to see the negative attitudes the authority had towards the prisoners.
Knowing and understanding the author’s purpose, we see where he is coming from and what his “point of view” is. We see that the author is someone that does not agree with the activities that occur in the native prison. It makes the author feel uncomfortable with the establishment and its procedures.
The author realizes the wrongfulness in killing someone who’s living a healthy life, we see this when the author states, “I saw the mystery, the unspeakable wrongness, of cutting a life short when it is in full tide.” Even though he does not object to these actions he does not agree with them.
Through this we see that the author’s point of view is someone who understands that the events that took place that morning in Burma, were not humane and degrading.