Examine the internal conflict that Orwell faces in paragraph two.  

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The internal conflict that Orwell faces in the essay is that he embodies a job that he hates.  His internal conflict is present in the fact that he hates what he does and what it represents:

All I knew was that I was stuck between my hatred of the empire I served and my rage against the evil-spirited little beasts who tried to make my job impossible. 

Orwell details his internal conflict as one in which he wishes the Empire to fail just as much, if not more, than the Burmese.  Yet, he needs a job and this is the job he has.  For Orwell, it is a self- hating internal conflict that requires him to don a uniform that embodies the very worst for him.  As he suggests, seeing "the dirty work of the Empire at close quarters," filled an intense self hatred within him.  His internal conflict is rooted in doing something he hates, but knowing that at this particular point in time, there is no escape for him. Orwell concludes that such internal conflict is a "normal by- product" for individuals in his position.  However, this does not alleviate the conflict he experiences in the exposition of the piece that sets the narrative in motion.


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