Critiquing Orwell from a Bhabhabian Perspective: A Postcolonial Study of Burmese Days and
“Shooting an Elephant”

SM Jakaria


George Orwell, one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century, is known for his works that deal with political and social issues. With rich cultural and social traditions, India, a nation that had once been a thriving civilization, the colonial period marked a significant turning point in its history. British imperialism rendered far-reaching impact on India and its people, and it has been the subject of much scholarly inquiry. George Orwell’s novel Burmese Days and essay “Shooting an Elephant” are two of his most famous works, which explore the theme of imperialism and its effects on the colonized. This paper will analyze Orwell’s works through the lens of Homi Bhabha’s concept of ambivalence, hybridity and mimicry and its relation to the end of British India.

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