by George Orwell
„A Hanging“ is a short story written by George Orwell in 1931, that describes the hanging of an Indian man trough a gallow in a prison in Myanmar.
Orwell’s essay begins with a scene at a state prison in Burma where various inmates are waiting for their execution trough out the gallow. A Hindu based men is commanded out of his cell to carry out his death penalty. Although he is not resisting, the guards highly observe and hold him. The executioners are bringing the man towards the gallow, but are unexpectedly interrupted by a dog running into the scene. As the Indian man steps beside, one guard gets into a quick thought session in which he is thinking about the live of the convicted man. The dog calms down, and the executioner then fixes the rope around the neck and assuden the man started praying even after he got a cotton bag pulled over his head. The guards are waiting for the executioner to operate the lever, while the man is still praying. Nothing happened and the pressure was rising within the presents peoples mind until the word ‘’Chalo“ is spoken and the trapdoor underneath the man opens. The guards are heading towards the body to inspect and then turn back into the prison hall to serve breakfast to the other inmates. The soldiers werde relieved that they managed to execute their job and begin a conversation explaining their hardest and most difficult executions, which they all judge with sense of laughing. A soldier comes up with a idea of drinking because of a leftover whiskey bottle in his car. On the way out to the parking facilities, they again laugh at their incidents during the executions and begin drinking the liquid together.