Racial Boundaries in Burmese Days by George Orwell

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The British colonization of Burma created a racial boundary that had the Burmese dealing with white European supremacy since day one. It is evident throughout George Orwell’s novel, Burmese Days, that the main theme is the superiority of the white Europeans over the non-white Burmese. The white Europeans are extremely racist, sexist, and self centered. The social class system in this novel seems to be a two-tier system. The top tier being the white European elite, while the bottom tier seems to be the rest. The non-white Burmese people constituted the rest. These non-whites are considered second nature to the Europeans and hold such titles and jobs as peasants and servants. Elizabeth often refers them to as “beastly”. She is an…show more content…
This event caused great embarrassment to Flory and disgusted Elizabeth. Elizabeth rejects Flory. Flory in the aftermath of rejection kills himself and his dog. U Po Kyin ruins Veraswami without Flory’s protection, and Po Kyin is elected into the club. Elizabeth marries an older English man and seems that that socially everything goes back to normal. The entire theme of this novel is surrounded by the social racial boundary dealing with the supremacy of white Europeans over the non-white Burmese. This is evident throughout the novel by using the exclusivity of the European Club to white members only, as a symbol for racial dominance for the Europeans. The prestige of the European Club is so enormous in Kyauktada that being a member, especially for a non-white, means a ticket to the top of the social class. When Burma is under political development and the European Club is ordered to admit at least one non-white member, really showcases the racism and envy that is going on at this time. The white members of the European are virulently racist and are outraged at the fact that have to allow a non-white member into their exclusive society. The envy comes on the part of the non-white Burmese. The Burmese view the European Club with prestige, wealth, and top class status. This open position in the club leaves little option to who is capable of belonging. Flory’s friend Veraswami seems like a valuable choice, because of his credentials. He is an intelligent and very

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