1-The story takes place in the morning at a prison. The country they are in is India. The setting is not pleasant as made evident by the descriptive details.
2- Orwell was trying to show how useless and dehumanized the prisoners were when looked at through the eyes of a prison guard. However I believe he was also trying to
3-the prisoner seems to accept his faith until the final moments leading to his death. Perhaps he is in shock and the situation only becomes real when the rope is tied around his neck.
4- The quote makes you feel like the prisoners life doesn’t matter. Not only does the superintendent feel no remorse but he can’t wait for the prisoner to die.
5-‘Well, quick march, then. The prisoners can’t get their breakfast till this job’s over.’
6- a wild dog Interrupts the procession of the gallows. This is ironic because its not like the dog interrupts the hanging on purpose. The dog was simply living something the prisoner won’t get to do.
7-the dog licks the prisoners face. This shocks everyone because the prisoner is probably a criminal and perhaps he has murdered someone. This doesn’t matter to the dog who knows nothing about the mans life.
8-“The superintendent reached out with his stick and poked the bare body; it oscillated, slightly. ‘He’s all right,’ said the superintendent.”
9-The simple action of avoiding stepping in a puddle is an eye opening moment for Orwell. The prisoner is still alive he is still conscious.
10-the basic thesis of the essay is that every human life is precious .
11-Orwell chooses to describe the prisoners bodily functions in order to get you to sympathize with him. This man is a human nor a beast. This man has a god and he is begging for mercy.
12- while Orwell paints the characters as being loose it is clear that they are bothered by what just happened. However it is clear that there is a tension between each character however none of them are willing to show it.
13-the reason orwell chooses to not tell us the characters crimes is so we feel bad for him