An Elephant By George Orwell Essay

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To Shoot an Elephant by George Orwell was one of the greatest stories of his time. George Orwell was a British author and novelist. Among many of is accomplished works stands “To Shoot an Elephant” which really establishes his views on imperialism. The story is about Orwell going to Burma and served in the Indian Imperial Police as an assistant superintendent in 1922 because he did not have the resources to attend a university. During this time, stronger empires had control over many smaller countries. Imperialism is a very strong topic which Orwell strongly abhors and did not hesitate to include into his story.

Although Orwell worked for the government as a police officer with the British-Empire he was completely against Imperialism. His writing provided many examples of his position. Orwell says “All this was perplexing and upsetting. For at that time I had already made up my mind that imperialism was an evil thing and the sooner I chucked up my job and got out of it the better.” (722, Orwell). There’s no secret, Orwell’s view on Imperialism made him hate his job. Orwell references Imperialism as an “evil thing” putting an emphasizes on what he thinks about it’s intentions. Although he was a cop for the British in foreign land, understandably the natives were very angry with the British. After all they did arrive in Burma and immediately started enforcing their own laws.

Orwell’s use of an elephant in the story really stems off from his representation of the…

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