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In "A Hanging," why does Orwell choose to describe the condemned prisoners’ cells as looking “like animal cages” and the handling of the prisoner as “like men handling a fish”?

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It is clear that this powerful essay presents capital punishment as a profoundly dehumanising thing. Again and again, the essay describes the way that condemned prisoners are treated and the manner in which they are executed as being something that is incredibly wrong. Note the impact that the cries of the man who is about to be hung have on all present in the following description:

Everyone had changed colour. The Indians had gone grey like bad coffee, and one or two of...

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