This study guide will help you analyse the text “A Hanging” by George Orwell. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on the summary, structure, characters, setting, narrator and point of view, language, theme and message.
Presentation of the text
Title: “A Hanging”
Author: George Orwell
Published in: The Adelphi (magazine)
Date of Publication: 1931
Genre: Short Story
George Orwell is the pen name of British writer Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950). Orwell is best known for the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) and the novella Animal Farm (1945). His writings focus on social injustices and have often been described as lucid prose. “A Hanging” has often been interpreted as an essay, although George Orwell claimed it was “just a story”.
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