Views on Imperialism

I agree that Orwell and Yeats did share similar resentments towards imperialism and the social order. However, I think that with Orwell’s high position in society, he understood much more about the values of the imperialists, as he was an insider to most of the underlying conflicts going on during the time. And although he was confused about what his beliefs were and where his place was in society at times, he still did try to see the imperialists for all they are. Though he did not agree and often felt oppressed.

ENGL 2523: Major British Writers II

While George Orwell and William Butler Yeats wrote in different forms, they both hosted feelings of resentment toward the era of imperialism they lived in. Orwell was a police officer during the ties of intense rivalry between that of the British imperialists and the Indian Natives. He also happened to be a mixed-race person which further intensified his anxieties. When writing about his experiences, Orwell draws on imaginative descriptions and literary devices to push across a tone of intense anti-imperialism. On page 2567 Orwell wrote, “I was a sub-divisional police officer of the town, and in an aimless, petty kind of way anti-European feeling way very bitter.”

It would seem that William Butler Yeats shared feelings of anti-imperialism/anti-British sentiment as exhibited in his poem “The Second Coming.” On page 2183, “And what rough beast, its hour come round at last/Slouches toward Bethlehem to be born?” The beast he mentions is…

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