This theme of imprisonment is the most important theme as the whole essay is a depiction of various inhabitants of a prison and the variety of emotions they feel when one of the inhabitants is being led to his end. Orwell through this theme tries to highlight the inhuman treatment that the prisoners are subjected to with in the jail’s premises. He appears to be mocking the system for their injustice because he believes that even though the criminals should be punished for their sins yet the manner in which they are treated should be changed i. it should be a bit more humane rather than treating them as animals. As it is also stated in the text, ‘It was like men handling a fish which is still alive and may jump back into the water. The comparison of a human with a fish who is struggling for life of freedom although shows the brutality of the warders as they have the person chained however they do not realize that when the prisoner is not resisting so it would not matter if a little lenience is observed in treating him as stated in the essay, ‘But he stood quite unresisting, yielding his arms limply to the ropes…’ (1). Yet on the other hand the comparison of the fish and the Hindu prisoner also illustrates an aura of innocence which Orwell associates with the prisoner as he is being subjected to cruelty.This theme is fundamentally associated with the Hindu in the story who is being led to his death. The calm with which he appears to be dealing with his approaching death in the first half of the story makes the readers realize the importance of the courage that is required to accept the fate’s decision. ‘Yielding his arms limply to the ropes, as though he hardly noticed what was happening. this comment indicates the lack of fear of the Hindu and hence depicts his courage. however courage does not means that the person has never feared anything because if such was the situation that individual would have been bestowed with super human powers and Orwell also depicts this vulnerability in his character as clear from the line, ‘our friend (he meant the dead man), when he heard his appeal had been dismissed, he pissed on the floor of his cell. From fright…’ (4).The manner in which the superintendent and the warders deal with the whole process of execution also reflects their courage as it requires a lot of inner determination and strength to make it possible for this process to be executed
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