Narrative Essay Practice Questions - A Hanging by George Orwell

Narrative Essay Practice Questions - A Hanging by George Orwell

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Narrative Essay Practice Questions: ”A Hanging” by George Orwell CollegeKidPoet After reading ”A Hanging” carefully, answer the questions below.
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Why does Orwell choose to describe the condemned prisoners’ cells as looking ”like animal cages and the handling of the prisoner as ”like men handling a fish”? (In other words, what idea is he trying to emphasize to his readers?) Describing the cells in terms of animals words emphasizes for the reader that the condemned men are being treated as less than human. The cages are related to animals while the man himself is described as a fish, making it clear that both he and the jailers have dehumanized him.
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Describe the prisoner’s attitude toward his imminent hanging. Before reaching the gallows, the prisoner seems distant and cooperative for the most part. Maybe shocked given what is about to happen to him. When he is placed on the gallows he starts to call to his god in preparation for death.
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In paragraph 3, what is the effect on the reader of the superintendent saying, ”For God’s sake hurry up, Francis.
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