This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Untouchables Essay

1327 words - 6 pages

Life: Just Beyond Your Reach

“Untouchables” by Mulk Raj Anand was published in 1935 during a period of caste systems, political disturbances and potential changes in India’s future. Anand was one of the first Indian writers to connect Punjabi and Hinduism lifestyle into English for the rest of the world to understand. He wrote about the day in the life of a sweeper and toilet keeper which is the lowest of castes. Sweepers are considered untouchable as they work in a polluted environment and are therefore thought to be contagious to all higher castes. He chose to specifically write about Bakha the oldest son to Lakha as well as his two siblings, younger brother Rakha and sister ...view middle of the document...

He idolizes the Westerners and dreams of being like them. “The consciousness of every child was full of desire to wear Western dress…most of the boys about the place were sons of babus, bandsmen, sepoys, sweepers, washermen and shopkeepers, all too poor…feeling the possession of something European was better than the possession of nothing European.” There were many desires and classes in India and along with the castes were very defined gender roles. The men had more power over the women in everything. Women were like slaves who were ordered around and could not speak their minds. They cooked, cleaned, worked outside of the house and in some cases were abused at work and in their homes. Bahka dreams of his sister, Sohini and what it would be like to marry her as she is perfect his eyes and due to the different castes there are not a lot of options for marriage when one must marry within their own level of caste. Within Bahka’s family there is also a degree of hierarchy which separates the siblings by gender, age as well as pride for their job as a sweeper which is reflective on their father. If they do not make their father look good they lose respect and are moved down the ladder which is what happens when Bahka plays hooky one day while his younger brother Rahka does the work. Not only is Bahka been disrespectful to his father he is also shunned from the family and becomes homeless. Even though he began with nothing, he had his family and now he was completely alone with no job, home or family.
Anand’s memoir was an interesting story yet had a very emotional and somewhat exaggerated feeling to it. It was the worst of days for Bakha and as the day progresses he continually gets beaten down emotionally when he begging for food and the woman throws it into the sewer and physically in the streets when he forgets to yell “posh, posh, sweeper coming” Bakha is extremely poor and has to work cleaning the latrines and roadways, as well as beg for food. When Colonial Hutchinson from the Salvation Army comes along it gives him that glimmer of hope to continue on again as he is a survivor. As soon as Ghandi comes to his village there is a spiritual service where all castes are called together and no one sees the levels or distinctions in the excitement. There are Hindus, Muhammadans, Sikhs, Rathans, Abdul Gaffar Khan Followers, Indian girls, outcastes, as well as Europeans Ghandi gave people of all ages, race, gender and class a flicker of hope for equality. In the memoir there was an astonishing similarity to the Bible and the story of Jesus coming to Jerusalem. In the Bible the people spread palm leaves before Jesus...

Other Papers Like Untouchables

economic indicators Essay

520 words - 3 pages Siddhartha’s Quest Siddhartha has begun his “Hero Quest.” He has left his father and went to live with the Samanas (untouchables). He thought that these people, who live with out any possessions would be the path to enlightenment. However after he spends three years with the Samanas he believes it was worth less. He thinks that what the Samanas try to accomplish in life is a waste, he says, When he falls asleep over his bowl of rice

Dr.Ambedkar Essay

989 words - 4 pages life. His deep humiliation and frustration led him to identify with all peoples in the same situation as himself. His life’s work was to be doing whatever he could for his people the ‘untouchables’. He adopted his first slogan, ‘Educate, Agitate, Organise!’ he started organisations, newspapers and ran a legal practice to support his activism and family. He became a member of the Bombay Legislative Assembly. India was now approaching Independence

Indian Caste System

2586 words - 11 pages had on the caste system was to strengthen it, for the British gave the Brahmans back special privileges the Muslim rulers had taken away. On the other hand, the British law courts did not agree that the lower-caste persons should receive greater punishment than the upper-caste persons for committing the same offense. In the cities that came about during British rule, it became possible for untouchables or low-caste persons to "pass" as members of

The Civil Rights Act of 1991

1089 words - 5 pages consisted of the priests and philosophers who specialized in the life sprit. Kshatriyas were the noble kings, warriors and vassals. Vaishyas were the farmers and merchants. The Shundra were the manual laborers and artisans. And the lowest of the low were called the “outcasts” or the “untouchables, they worked in removing human wastes, corpses, sweeping the streets and making leather out of the skins from dead cows. They jobs the untouchables

Regaining Control

1163 words - 5 pages The Untouchables is a fifty minute documentary on the “F-bomb,” the word is fraud; it’s not to be used, in a film which shines the light on the number one suspects being Wall Street. Many of Wall Street’s top brokers and if not all top executives who have contributed to the next great recession will not face any chance of prosecution or be indicted on any criminal charges because the failure of the United States government including the efforts

Gandhi's Actions Were Based On The Belief Of The Truth Force

556 words - 3 pages encouraged Indians to burn their identity cards, for which he was beaten by the police officers that were watching then he was thrown in jail. Gandhi was a perfect karma yogi, he believed in Ashram - which was a community where everyone lived as equals as he thought everyone deserved respect as they were all children of God. On this belief he renamed the 'untouchables' the Harijans, because he wanted them to be able

Mohandas K. Gandhi: Term Paper

2031 words - 9 pages Indian social system, the caste system. In the caste system, the lowest group was the Untouchables. The Untouchables were considered unclean due to jobs considered as "polluting". Some of these jobs included handling the dead, garbage, or cleaning. They were treated harshly and looked down upon as non-humans. In most areas during Gandhi's life, untouchables were publicly humiliated and often segregated from members of high social status. Gandhi's

Buddhism and Hinduism

669 words - 3 pages ranking systems of the two religions. For Hinduism, they classify their people using a caste system. From top to bottom, the system includes Brahmin, who are priests and academics, Kshatryia, who are the warriors and kings, Vaishya, who are merchants and landowners, the Sudra, who are commoners, peasants, and servants, and at the very bottom are the untouchables, who include the outcasts of Hindu society. These people can be street sweepers, work

The Alchemist

604 words - 3 pages untouchables in order to educate them and for socio-economic improvements, he also protested against the divided Hindu community of Brahmins and Dalits. As moral principles never depend on majority of people, wrong is wrong even if everybody is wrong and right is right even if nobody is right. And here he was the one who fearlessly persisted all odds and fought for what was right. He left Hinduism and became a Buddhist and stood for humanity. He

The Uncertain Future of Quebec Culture

1465 words - 6 pages facts. Case in point, when he says, “There was but a single American program among the 20 most popular. It was a re-run of The Untouchables, which placed twentieth on the list” The Untouchables is one American program that placed twentieth, where is this invasion? One program cannot change an entire culture especially when it is not even widely viewed by the Quebecois. It is almost as if Tremblay is crying wolf. More importantly, Tremblay never

Mahatma Gandhi

1558 words - 7 pages improve the status of the Hindu Untouchables. The British, by permitting the Untouchables to be considered as a separate part of the Indian electorate, were, according to Gandhi, countenancing an injustice. Although he was himself a member of the Vaisya (merchant) caste, Gandhi was the great leader of the movement in India dedicated to eradicating the unjust social and economic aspects of the caste system. In 1934 Gandhi formally resigned from

Related Essays

: Mise En Scene And Cinematography In “The Untouchables

527 words - 3 pages Ryan Fosgreen Prof. Simon Cine 105 Film 2: Mise-en-Scene and Cinematography in “The Untouchables. When Al Capone was introduced the mise-en-scene was shown by him receiving a wet shave which was a popular service to receive back in the twenties. He was having his shoes polished and reporters were asking questions. Al Capone’s opening shot was a high angle shot from directly above. We know Capone is wealthy and holds a lot of power

Suspense And Tension In Brian De Palma's Film The Untouchables

1397 words - 6 pages Suspense and Tension in Brian De Palma's film The Untouchables During the 1920's many people were unemployed because of the poor economic conditions in America and to make it worse, were drinking to make their lives more tolerable. The government decided to ban the sale and drinking of alcohol, this was period was called 'The Prohibition'. People continued to want to drink and this lead people to go to illegal bars or

Mise En Scene Analysis The Untouchables

676 words - 3 pages Mise-En-Scene Analysis The UntouchablesElliot Ness, a treasury agent, has been tryingto stop alcohol from being smuggled into the United States.He feels that the key to putting an end to the alcoholdistribution is to put gangster, Al Capone, behind bars.But there is a small problem, Ness can't seem to be able tolink the incoming alcohol, or any other crime to Capone.Until, Oscar Wallace, the uptight, "dorky", government official,entered the

Human Rights Essay

651 words - 3 pages and impact numerous individuals' lives. In India the untouchables advanced from the station framework created by an early Aryan custom. Such exercises as talking and taking a gander at different classes, drinking out of specific wells or actually going by a few sanctuaries were taboo. It now exists in provincial parts of India incorporating Bihar and in Southern Tamil Nadu, evading around 160 million individuals in rank. The passings and torment