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Porterfield 1 Chris Porterfield Professor Gail Minault European Empires in Asia 26 March 2010 Burmese Days George Orwell's Burmese Days is, superficially, the story of the lives of a small group of Englishmen living in the fictional region of Kyauktada in Burma, and their day-to-day affairs as they try to create a tolerable lifestyle for themselves in a foreign, and oftentimes oppressive, land . Central to the tale's events is one Mr. Flory, whose many years in Burma have caused him to develop a sort of affection for the area and its denizens not shared by his compatriots within the European Club . It is through the characterization of Flory and the other members of the Club, and through the interactions between the Europeans and the natives, that a more subtle, but significant insight into the psychology of the British Raj and its subjects during its later years is revealed . When Flory is first introduced, he exhibits a jaded, resigned attitude regarding his continued residency in Burma . Having attempted only once to return to England, only to be called back, he has long since accepted that he is more acclimated to his Burmese lifestyle than to that in Britain . Following the arrival of the woman who ultimately becomes his love interest, Elizabeth Lackersteen, Flory even reveals himself to find many aspects of the local Burmese culture and environment beautiful . Nonetheless, his life is not one of pleasure; the weather in Burma brings him constant discomfort, and his one true friendship with the Indian Dr .
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Porterfield 2 Varaswami is viewed as odious by his fellow Englishmen . This friendship encapsulates a central theme of the novel: the acceptance of the philosophies of “white man's burden” and racial superiority by most of those enabling the continued presence of the British Raj in its territories . The majority of the novel's English characters accept these maxims wholesale, and their behavior is guided accordingly . Each European house is staffed with servants, who even go so far as to call their European masters “god,” a title accepted without protest by any of the Englishmen, Flory included (189) . Subservience of this sort by the native populace toward the Europeans is present at every point of contact between their two groups, and such casual acceptance of their elevated status in Kyauktada society always accompanies any interaction between them . Of all the novel's main characters, however, the one who shows the greatest adherence to
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