Analysis Of George Orwell 's ' Orwell ' And ' Shooting An Elephant '

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Working for the British Empire, George Orwell knows “imperialism was an evil thing” from seeing those “dirty work” done by the Empire: “The wretched prisoners huddling in the stinking cages of the lock-ups, the grey, cowed faces of the long-term convicts, the scarred buttocks of the men who had been flogged with bamboos—all these oppressed me with an intolerable sense of guilt” (129). Orwell hates the Empire that he serves and thinks that “British Raj as an unbreakable tyranny…upon the will of prostrate people” (129); however, an elephant incidence in the province of British India he writes in the essay “Shooting an Elephant” gave him “a better glimpse” of “the real nature of imperialism–the real motives for which despotic governments act” (129).
Orwell notes the elephant was causing damage to the Burmese’s properties and even a death of a coolie with “an expression of unendurable agony” (130). Orwell decides to chase after the elephant with a rifle to protect the “Burmese population [which] had no weapons and were quite helpless against it” (130). Orwell knows with “perfect certainty that [he] ought not to shoot [the soothed elephant]” and yet “irresistibly” pressured by the “sea of yellow faces… all certain that the elephant was going to be shot”, he realizes “[he] should have to shoot the elephant after all” (131).
Orwell comes to realize that the white man “seemingly the leading actor of the [natives]…[is] only an absurd puppet pushed to and fro by the will of those…

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