Thursday, October 24, 2019
George Orwell Stories Review
In the story Ã¢â¬Å"On the Rainy RiverÃ¢â¬ a 20-year old named Tim OÃ¢â¬â¢Brien is about to be given the freedom to go anywhere in life until he receives a draft notice requiring him to join the army in the Vietnam War. Tim OÃ¢â¬â¢Brien is tested both physically and mentally. He has the option to flee to Canada or go to the war. Each option would result in abandoning family, friends, and fond memories. In his essay Ã¢â¬Å"Shooting an Elephant,Ã¢â¬ reminisces about a bad decision he made earlier in life, just like Tim. Reflecting on his experience, Orwell has also identified the reasons why he did it: Ã¢â¬Å"I could get nothing into perspective.I was young and ill-educated and I had to think out my problems in utter silence,Ã¢â¬ Tim OÃ¢â¬â¢Brien also dealt with his problems alone, Ã¢â¬Å" I felt isolated; I spent a lot of time alone. Ã¢â¬ Both Tim and George are struggling to deal with their problems and itÃ¢â¬â¢s eating away at them. In Ã¢â¬Å"On the Rainy River,Ã ¢â¬ having a good education doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t have much on an impact on TimÃ¢â¬â¢s life, because if your nation calls on you to defend your country, youÃ¢â¬â¢re going to have to make a difficult decision on whether youÃ¢â¬â¢re going to flee or going to war.Being educated makes Tim more open-minded, and prevents him from indulging in the nationalism that was sweeping the nation during that time. Although Tim may have good reasons we shouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t be in the war, the nation was depending on men like him. In Ã¢â¬Å"Shooting an Elephant,Ã¢â¬ George Orwell says Ã¢â¬Å" Ã¢â¬ ¦I could get nothing into perspective. I was young and ill-educated and I had to think out my problems in the utter silence that is imposed on every Englishman in the East.Ã¢â¬ George Orwell is trying to say that when youÃ¢â¬â¢re young and inexperienced youÃ¢â¬â¢re bound to make a lot of mistakes. When youÃ¢â¬â¢re young your family, peers, and own country have influenced your opinions. Many indivi duals are afraid and unwilling to deviate from the norm. George is an anti-imperialist at heart, but puts on an officer uniform and represents imperialism because that is how the European nation is viewed to the rest of the world. Based off of OrwellÃ¢â¬â¢s ideas, you should think individually so you wonÃ¢â¬â¢t regretthings later on in life as George and Tim do. Your conscious would show you wrong from right. George OrwellÃ¢â¬â¢s ideas can also be applied to Ã¢â¬Å"On the Rainy RiverÃ¢â¬ . Although Tim is educated on the war in Vietnam, he does have to deal with his problems in utter silence because heÃ¢â¬â¢s afraid that the people he can talk to will tell him to go to the war and he doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t want to be called a coward, which takes a toll on his body. Ã¢â¬Å"How at work one morningÃ¢â¬ ¦I felt something break open in my chestÃ¢â¬ ¦it was a physique rupture.Ã¢â¬ So not only is Tim losing sleep and becoming paranoid, but now the stress is affecting TimÃ¢â¬â¢s ph ysical health as well. If Tim had talked to Elroy Berdahl he would have been much better off. The guilt and stress has been eating away at Tim all summer, and will continue to get at him until he can speak to someone about what heÃ¢â¬â¢s going through. If Tim had vented to Elroy, his physical and mental health might have returned to normal, which would have helped him to make his decision. George faces being ill educated along with dealing with his problems.George is an outcast in the native village. He is supposed to be striking fear into these people, however he is against the brutality and injustice that imperialism instills on its subjects. If only George had had the courage to tell the natives who he really was, he might have had an easier time being accepted by them. If George had been better educated, he might have known how to think straight when surrounded by two thousand people; he might have also known where to shoot the elephant so it wouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t have to suffer the way it did.To conclude, both Tim and George tried to run away from the inevitable. You canÃ¢â¬â¢t escape who you are, and that is what Tim and George tried to do. Tim was an American citizen who was caught up in the draft for the Vietnam War, and George was a citizen of an imperial nation. Tim couldnÃ¢â¬â¢t face leaving his friends and family behind so he ended up damaging himself both physically and mentally without even trying to talk this out with his family and friends.While George an anti-imperialist at hear must enforce it upon this Asian country. Both decisions were forced by others whether it is Tim deciding to go to the war due to the devastating fact that if he were to go to Canada, he would never see his family again and if George didnÃ¢â¬â¢t shoot that elephant, the tribal people would be more disrespectful than ever. George Orwell wants us to be individuals and think for ourselves. We shouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t be influenced by others to make decisions we wouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t n ormally do.