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Character Motivation in Burmese Days Throughout the novel Burmese Days George Orwell vividly describes both the thoughts and emotions of the characters The characters appearance is depicted in detail which helps the reader in understanding what is that the character wants and what they are willing to do to get it John Flory is the hero of the piece He is deeply flawed in many ways though he tries his very best to be just A factor for a teakwood company he retreated to Burma in the face of an inability to come to terms with English society Flory despises racist hypocrisy of his fellow Englishmen who indulge themselves on judging the natives whom they know little about as dirty and greasy creatures He is friendly with Dr Veriswami a native physician but the gulf between Europeans and Indians is too large to bridge the gap of Florys loneliness When the magistrate U Po Kyin and Dr Veriswami fight over who will be admitted as the first and only native member of the European Club Flory is caught in the middle He wants to act decently towards his friend by electing him but is at the same time pressured by U Po Kyins threatening letters Flory is motivated to help his friend because in his heart it is the right thing to do This however goes against the ways of the European and catches U Po Kyins immediate attention U Po Kyin strikes Flory instead of Dr Veriswami and brings down Flory by publicly humiliating him Florys motivation to help his friend is what brings the story its tragic nature U Po Kyin the villain in the novel is a man without any sympathy and is known to be notorious thought the town This man causes much of the mayhem and chaos in the novel He desires one last victory before settling down to a life of religious repentance through compassion he
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