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A Hanging

a hangingThis story by George Orwell is a about an in 1920s Burma. By describing only what happened during the hanging and not telling us the prisoner’s crime, Orwell cleverly supports his : that , and indeed the taking of a human life under any s, is wrong.

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(n: narrative essay) A story about something that happened in the past (often a real event in the life of the author) that includes and supports a thesis [an opinion that the author wishes to discuss or prove].

execution(n: execution, noncount) 1. The act of killing someone, especially as punishment for a crime. The murderer is in prison awaiting execution. (การประหารชีวิต) 2. The act of doing or performing something. Her ideas were brilliant, but her execution (of them) was sloppy. (การดำเนินการ) 5000

thesis(n: thesis pl theses) 1. An opinion that someone wishes to discuss or prove. New evidence supports his thesis. (หลักฐาน ข้อเสนอสนับสนุนการสรุปสมมติฐาน) 2. A long piece of writing on a particular subject that is done to earn a degree at a university. He wrote his doctoral thesis on the effects of global warming. (วิทยานิพนธ์) 6000

capital punishment(n: capital punishment, noncount) Punishment by death; the practice of killing people as punishment for serious crimes. (การลงโทษประหารชีวิต)

(n: circumstance pl circumstances) 1. A condition or fact that affects a situation or event. I can't imagine a circumstance in/under which I would do that. 2. (plural) The way something happens; the specific details of an event. The circumstances of his death were unusual. 3. (plural) The conditions in which someone lives. Their circumstances changed after she lost her job. (สภาวะแวดล้อม) 2000

Shooting an Elephant

shooting an elephantThis story by George Orwell is a which discusses some of the wrongs of British Imperialism. A young officer in the British Police in the early 1920’s describes an experience with an elephant that had killed a villager. He tells how he felt forced to do something that he believed was wrong in order to please a large crowd of local people.

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(n: narrative essay) A story about something that happened in the past (often a real event in the life of the author) that includes and supports a thesis [an opinion that the author wishes to discuss or prove].

(adj: colonial) Of or relating to a colony. (เกี่ยวกับอาณานิคม)
(n: colony pl colonies) 1. An area that is controlled by or belongs to a country and is usually far away from it. 2. A group of people sent by a country to live in such an area. (ประชาชนในอาณานิคม) 4000