In this non-fiction story “A Hanging,” George Orwell witnessed a Hindu prisoner in his cell waiting to be hanged. As he thought about how inhuman it is to take away a human life, he watched the warders escorted the healthy man from his cell to the gallows. During the progress, a dog suddenly came bounding among the whole group of people with loud barking voice, created such a relief disruption. But after a few minutes, one of the wanders finally captured and restrains the dog, and the progress begins. Two warders marched on either side of the prisoner and walk toward the scaffold. At that moment, Orwell saw the unspeakable wrongness of cutting a life short when it is in full tide. “It is curious; but till that moment I had never realized what it means to destroy a healthy, conscious man” (p.667). Lastly, the hangman led him up the ladder, fastened the rope around his neck and after a few seconds of him crying and praying to god, the trap is sprung and the man is forever gone. After the execution, the warders went for a bottle of Whiskey, had conversations and laugh on with their day.
After finish reading this story, I found myself wondering about that prisoner. What was his name? Did he have any children or family? And why was he sentenced to death? The author focused our attention on the execution yet gives us no detail about the prisoner’s background. I understand that the prisoner must have done something horribly wrong and deserved to stay in prison, but he is also a human being just like us. The fact that it is okay for a person to take the life of another, make me mad. I never really think deeply about capital punishment until now. After reading Orwell’s story, I believe that murder is wrong as well as death penalty.
Throughout the essay, the author shows that the prisoners have been treated like animals. When he described the cells, he stated, “We were waiting outside the condemned cells, a row of sheds fronted