Essay on Analysis Of George Orwell 's ' Shooting An Elephant '

716 Words Oct 28th, 2015 3 Pages
Being a person of high authorities can sometimes form a burden on you. This correlates to, “Shooting an Elephant,” by George Orwell, which is about a police officer in Burma. The police officer is a European, so he faces plenty of hatred in Burma. However, one day an elephant goes into “must” state and it is up to this police officer to stop the elephant. The police officer is not justified in his actions as he shoots the elephant to maintain his pride, the elephant is already in peace and there is plenty of social pressure. Pride can oftentimes cause people to make dreadful decisions. In the story, “Shooting an Elephant” the police officer has to make a decision that can affect his pride. The police officer “was hated by large numbers of people.” He does not want to increase this hatred, so he makes a choice which will earn him some respect. In paragraph seven, the police officer states, “To come all that way … with two thousand people marching at my heels, and then to trail feebly away, having done nothing … The crowd would laugh at me.” In this quote, it shows that the police officer does not want to be laughed at or look like a fool. The police officer “was not afraid in the ordinary sense,” but walking away will cause him embarrassment and possibly harassment. Clearly, being a European that is surrounded by thousands of Burmese people causes the police officer to act in such way that will allow him to earn the appreciation of the Burmese people. Furthermore, the…

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