People in Prison Essay

Submitted By chanho
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In the essay “A Hanging” by George Orwell, the author watched an execution of a prisoner in Burma. The author describes the whole process, his feeling and the environment in the prison. It seems that, once the human being goes into the prison, they are no longer respected. The have bad living environment, are not respected by the warden, and after they die, their dead body is not respected either.
The place where the prisoner lives, according to George Orwell, is “…like a small animal cages. Each cell measured about ten feet by ten and was quite bare within except for a plank bed and a pot of drinking water.” It is crystal clear that the place where they wait their hanging to be executed is pretty bad. They were treated like an animal more like than a human being; activity was limited in a small room, with nothing much in the room but only a pot of water and nothing to do.
Other than the condition of the cell they live in, they were not treated like a human by the warden. The author describe the prisoner who was hanged as “He had a thick, sprouting moustache, absurdly too big for his body.” And it can be understand by, the man does not have the chance to clean and keep themselves tidy. Other than that, the author describe that the warden is “like men handling a fish which is still alive and jump back into the water” when they bring the prisoner to the hang. It also indicates that the prisoner is treated like an animal, but not a human. Besides it, the warden and the head jailer seems not respecting their life before they were hanged. The head jailer asks the warden to harry up the hanging because he can only have breakfast after the hanging is finished. It seems like, to the head jailer, having breakfast is more important than the…