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Joey Maiullari

8 Yellow
Analysis Essay
Imagine peoples homeland was suddenly taken over by a foreign country. The peoples
life and home changed quickly as the invasion took place. The people woke up each day to
soldiers and others yelling violently throughout the streets. The citizens lives suddenly changed
as the days continue to come. The people cant voice their opinion or do anything without the
military threatening you with their dangerous power. The foreign country sends all of their
workers over to control the poor peoples land they once loved. Jobs decrease in the whole
population. Before this incident, everyone had so much money and most important, a future
ahead of them. This was a turn for the worst. Above, was describing how people like the
Burmese felt after imperialism took over their government and country. Imperialism is when one
powerful country takes ownership of another less powerful country and as a consequence they
are forced to face the owners rules. In addition, imperialism is harsh and leaves people with no
options. For instance, British imperialism ruined the economy of the people in Burma and
antagonized their future. Surprisingly, before imperialism spread like a disease to Burma, the
country flourished with a great military, strong trading system and great resources. Burma was
imperialized after they lost in multiple wars over numerous years. The first war took place from
1824 to 1826 and 60 years later, a third war was fought in 1886, finalizing imperialism in Burma.
Burma was controlled by British imperialism in 1824, but denied it and kept fighting over
decades until they knew they had no chance. Many people have shared their opinion and
experiences involving imperialism throughout many articles. The first source Shooting An

Elephant by George Orwell, tells the story of a British Imperial Officer, George, from a first
person point of view. This recites an incident involving an elephant and a gun showing the built
up peer pressure of the Burmese caused by long term imperialism. Next, Views Of Imperialism
shows the universal points of views of people of various people with varied positions regarding
imperialism. Then, Intro to Burmese History displays Burma evolving over time because of the
impact of imperialism. After that, Voices From the Burmese Diaspora by BBC expresses the
everyday life of victims of imperialism. Lastly, Burmese: Then and Now shows Burma still
being affected from imperialism to this day in different ways through various first points of view.
According to the various sources stated above and looking at the different experiences and points
of views regarding imperialism, it is clear that imperialism can cause strife, hatred and resilience
in a community affected by it.
The strife, hatred and defiance in a community affected by imperialism is clearly
demonstrated through the first person point of view from Shooting An Elephant by George
Orwell. He feels invasive because of the way the Burmese negatively reacted to his presence.
George Orwell wrote, ... I was hated by large numbers of people - the only time in my life
which shows the natives didnt appreciate his job presence in their homeland. Here, the first
person point of view visualizes the difference between the way people view others based on their
job and how they are relevant to the person. This clearly shows how the Burmese were defiant
toward the British because they didnt follow the rules and could care less about a guy who hates
his job. Imperialism caused large groups of people to gang up on one single, imperial worker
without getting to know the individual. Imperialism caused more hatred and harm than rather
success. Once you become part of something with more power, the victims automatically despise
you. Later on, in the same experience and text of George Orwell he continues to explain his

hurtful experience in Burma by stating, ... the sneering yellow faces of young men met me
everywhere, the insults hooted at me which continues to show the growing tension between
the imperial officers and the natives. As imperialism keeps continuing, the victims tend to show
hatred through insults, that they believe will help them. They believe they can use violence
through words rather than physically harming him. Here, the first person point of view of George
Orwell shows that overtime, people will soon give into their hatred and will show their anger
through strife. Although imperialism is terrible in the moment until one receives freedom,
simultaneously it still affects a nation years after it ended. some may not be involved. People
under the rule of imperialism feel cornered and angry, so they yell to try to gain their own power
back. Imperialism can cause so much chaos in a community that everyone begins to have hate
for other foreigners, although Imperialism has the power to ruin a country for decades regardless
of it being present. Imperialism is despicable in a countrys moment, but later on in life it gets
worse for the peoples future.
The major effects of imperialism later for a young country, is shown through the first
person point of view from the texts by BBC, Voices From The Burmese Diaspora and
Burmese: Then and Now. Aung San, a victim of British imperialism had to walk down in the
streets and see his beloved city a wreck. Aung San in Voices From the Burmese Diaspora states
as he observed his homeland, Education is a joke Another student demonstration broke out
into the streets, which continues to show the negative effect of imperialism for the future of
Burma. This shows how the presence of imperialism stalled the idea and growth of education.
Once imperialism appears, the flourishing of education of way of life is lost. Instead, hatred,
frustration and rebelling fills in. Other countries focused on education, rather than focusing on
arguing like Burma. This first person point of view shows how people who want a future have to

watch others around them fail. Also, this first person point of view provides the experiences of a
person in a place that is still being affected by imperialism, although it is gone. Next, different
aspects of life are still ruined other than education for the victims of the terrible government. For
instance, in Burmese: Then and Now, the author explains how Burma is still very poor and
paying the consequences of imperialism. The author continues by saying that people are
currently living in the streets with no money for food, which adds onto the theme that
imperialism affects others in the long run. This clearly shows the ongoing conflict the Burmese
still face to this day because of imperialism appearing long ago. Imperialism ruins the future of
promising countries who previously were flourishing. Prior to the presence of imperialism,
Burma had a great system of trade and consisted of many resources. Burma was always rising
and rich although it was a young country. Burma had great leaders who cared until imperialism
came forth. After imperialism ended, Burma had a lack of quality leaders due to not being used
to controlling its own area. The Burmese were unable to run a successful government without the
help of past leaders. This third person point of view above shows how people see Burma now
who didnt experience imperialism long ago. Although imperialism negatively impacts the
future of those who are under it, it depends on the point of view of those who did or didnt
experience it.
Based off of the first person point of view from the text, Views of Imperialism, it is
clearly demonstrated that imperialism can include different opinions based off of who it impacts
and how they are directly involved. The opinions vary based on who says it and where they live.
Imperialism can be viewed by some as an option to create a better country. According to Views
of Imperialism, Jules Ferry states on July 28th 1883, referring to the need of imperialism in
France, ... she must be a great country exercising all of her rightful influence over the destiny of

Europe which visualizes the idea of others wanting to acquire imperialism in their
community who do not currently have it. This clearly shows how people who are not involved in
anyway feel as if imperialism is a good thing. Above, shows a government leader of France,
Jules Ferry, voicing his opinion during a speech before the French National Assembly. Ferry had
a high position of power and had the option to take France and imperialize it like all of the other
great countries. He would like to expand French culture and land. Here, the first person point
of view shows how the ignorant thoughts of one who does not know how imperialism will affect
him in the future. One has to experience imperialism in order to make judgements about how
great imperialism is. In the same text, a different person, J.A. Hobson, views imperialism a
different way because he was a main part in helping imperialism grow in Europe. He believed
imperialism would be harsh toward Asia. J.A. Hobson states in 1902 in his book, Imperialism,
... her priceless stores of wisdom garnered from her experience of ages we refuse to take; the
much or we could give we spoil by the brutal manner of our giving, which shows how
imperialism can ruin a land that is affected by it with help of the owning country. Here,
imperialism is shown through a person who feels as if taking control of Asia is necessary, but not
in the manner they are doing it. It is clearly shown that leaders of countries who are about to take
control of other weak ones feel almost guilty because they know the pain the people will soon go
through. Imperialism has the power to tear a country up for centuries, no matter what side they
are on. The first person point of view is significant because it shows how one that is ready to
conduct an attack on a country still feels their strategy is harsh toward the victims. Even the
people with the power can feel terrible. The first person point of view proves that imperialism
negatively impacts victims for a long term. People may want imperialism if they are part of a

strong country until they undergo the lifelong destruction of every aspect of life. The people who
dont want it have realized from the loss of the peoples future they have seen plummet.
Based on the sources stated and observing the different point of views and experiences, it
is clearly demonstrated that imperialism results in long term violence, destruction, and hate
throughout universal communities. The first person point of view visualizes the problems caused
by imperialism like inexperienced governments, uneducated population and violence. To add on,
imperialism causes dispute and violence throughout the world. Others may view imperialism by
saying it was something that helped to make progress in the world because it created more
money and resources for a country. But most people that side with imperialism being a positive
government didnt experience it in the way the Burmese did. Most say it ruined the feeling of
independence to a country who once had it. No matter how people view imperialism based on
where they live and how they came to know of it, imperialism was a huge problem in history and
unfortunately still exists to this day in many diverse and different countries. Imperialism does
not just ruin and rip apart countries affected by it, but also results in strife, resilience and hatred
in communities impacted by it. In order to end imperialism and all of its despicable effects,
people will have to come together and attempt to stop the ability to own another country. Without
imperialism, there would be less stress in everyday life. Imagine a world without stress. Its hard
to picture life without violence. Ending and fighting to stop the growth of imperialism takes us
closer to a peaceful life. This goal may only be done if communities can come together to
overcome the challenges imperialism has and left. If every individual doesnt step up today, who
will? Think about the people who struggle today years after imperialism. Stop imperialism to
earn less hatred and more education communities. Education gives the world a great future not
owning countries. Imperialism ruins centuries for countries, so why not put an end to that? Step

up against imperialism today or it may affect the whole world as a result because of just one

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