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On Seeing England For The First Time Analysis

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Free will: the ability to think freely, make choices unimpeded, and act as one desires, is such a basic necessity that is denied to many. Some in poverty-stricken homes where work must be done, in worlds where peer-pressure kills animals, and in lands where people are blinded to the faults of their rulers. In these places, its inhabitants cannot express themselves truthfully. Every aspect of their lives is influenced by another’s thoughts. Like a contortionist, they are forced into the box of society. Orwell’s, “Shooting an Elephant,” Kincaid’s, “On Seeing England for the First Time,” and Joyce’s, “Eveline, ” all explored situations where the authors were denied the ability to exercise their free will because of their rank in society, pressures of their surroundings, and the social norms that they have grown accustomed to.…show more content…
In “Eveline,” the protagonist is a young woman, growing up in a poverty-stricken family. From her low standing in social hierarchy and the loss of her mother, she has gone to carry the responsibilities of “keeping the house together,” (Joyce) she was never able to follow her free will. And finally when she ran away from her home to find freedom she “gripped with both hands at the iron railing,” (Joyce) unable to make her own choices and exercise her free will. In “Shooting an Elephant,” Orwell is a British police officer in Burma. One day when an elephant ravaged through a small village, Orwell was forced to shoot the elephant against his free will because of the pressure of “two thousand at the least” (Orwell 1101) Burmans who expected him to shoot the elephant. When he first heard of the elephant he had “no intention of shooting the elephant,” (Orwell 1101) but when the pressure of his surroundings acted on him, he found no other
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