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A Hanging

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

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

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.
(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. 4000