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Burmese Days
Paper Topic:
Read Burmese Days; a Novel and analyze the relationship between locals and Westerners in the colonial Burmese society. Your book review should explain how Westerners legitimized/justified their dominance in the colonial society and how the locals accepted the European dominance in their home society. Your book review should include views and examples exclusively from at least three of the following characters in the book: Elizabeth, Mr. and Mrs. Lackersteen, Dr. Veraswami, U Po Kyin, and Ma Hla May.
The review shall be double-spaced, 4-5 pages (not including cover page and bibliography), with 12 point font and shall include a bibliography.
Questions for your reading:
1) Why did U Po Kyin want to join the European club so much? What did the membership of the club mean to members of the club and the local people such as U Po Kyin ?
2) How did Dr. Veraswami view the British people and their culture? Did Dr. Veraswami like the Burmese?
3) Describe how Mr. and Mrs. Lackersteen treated local people including their servants.
4) Explain Elizabeth’s life in Europe and her reasons for coming to Burma. Was she privileged in Europe? How did Elizabeth treat the local people and view their culture?
5) Why did Ma Hla May, Flory’s Burmese mistress, want Flory back so desperately? What did Flory mean to her?
Read Burmese Days; a Novel and analyze the relationship between locals and Westerners in the colonial Burmese society.
Your book review should explain how Westerners legitimized/justified their dominance in the colonial society and how the locals accepted the European dominance in their home society.
Your book review should include views and examples exclusively from at least three of the following characters in the book: Elizabeth, Mr. and Mrs. Lackersteen, Dr. Veraswami, II Po Kyin, and Ma Hla May.
The review shall be double-spaced, 4-5 pages (not including cover page and bibliography), with 12 point font and shall include a bibliography.
Questions for your reading:
Why did U Po Kyin want to join the European club so much? What did the membership of the club mean to members of the club and the local people such as U Po
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