Juxtaposition in Orwell's a Hanging

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In George Orwell’s “A Hanging”, there are many examples of juxtaposition. Why is this technique used? Haseena Naz Shannon Blake EAC 150 A Hanging is a story written by George Orwell is a spectacular piece of writing. In this story the author Mr. George used juxtaposition to make the story very intriguing. In this story juxtaposition used in the story is between the animals and inmates or portrayed pictures between the same person's lives at different points. The reason why this technique is used is because the author is illustrating important themes about reader’s sympathy, humanity, and imperialism. The first evidence of juxtaposition was shown by the author through inhumanity. The statement that "We were waiting outside the condemned cells, a row of sheds fronted with double bars, like small animal cage" (Orwell's Para 1). This paragraph indicates that the prisoners were dehumanized. This quote from the story shows that the prisoners are not being treated with respect by forcing them into a small cage similar to animals. The author then states "It was like man handling a fish which is still alive and may jump back into the water"(Orwell Para 2), portrays an image to the reader that the human's life is unvalued. This quote uses juxtaposition by comparing a living human being to a fish, thus lessening the value on human life. These statements showed that the author used juxtaposition between the animals and humans in order to make the story more intriguing. Secondly, juxtaposition was used to introduce the theme of imperialism. In paragraph 23 the author states “We all had a drink together, native and European alike, quite amicably. The dead man was a hundred yards away” in this statement the author uses juxtaposition
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