By citing specific diction that conveys the narrator’s attitude, the student clearly recognizes the negative emotions that Orwell feels toward both the British and the Burmese, as well as the confliction created within himself. However, selecting the word “hateful” to describe these emotions might be a stretch and is not justified by the student’s evidence/commentary.
2. CCSS Alignment
The student makes the explicit connection between the author’s diction and the narrator’s tone. Many of the words provided as evidence by the student have figurative implications in understanding the situation (i.e. “actor,” “puppet,” “theater,” etc.).
RL.9–10.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).