Stranger In The Village Short Story

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George Orwell’s “Shooting an Elephant” and James Baldwin’s “Stranger in the Village” both men had to deal with living as a minority. Orwell was a white British officer in India while Baldwin was an African American visiting an European village. Both men endured internal struggles of being in an environment in which they were looked differently upon. These internal conflicts and struggles creates the tone in both stories. To describe both tones as bitterness would be an understatement for Baldwin because he describes his best as rage and some confusion. Baldwin starts his story with “from all available evidence no black man had ever set foot in this tiny Swiss village before I came” (Baldwin 159). This sets the readers up for the what is to come. Baldwin goes to state how he’s treated by the people in the village. He describes how the villagers touch his hair and make jokes about how he should make it into a wool coat. How the villagers look at him as if he is not human but “a living wonder” (Baldwin 160). He starts off with a calm and compassionate tone. He tries to understand why the villagers feel and do the things that they do to him. He speaks about how he tries to smile this off because “I knew that they did not mean to be unkind, it must be admitted that in the beginning I was far too shocked to have any real reaction “(Baldwin 160). After, trying to have understanding and compassion for the villagers Baldwin falls into an internal battle of being a minority which

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