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

780 Words Sep 30th, 2016 4 Pages
“Shooting an Elephant”, written by George Orwell in the 1940’s. Using his own personal experience, he establishes an essay that was and is a mind changing piece. His essay expresses to modern day readers how imperialism effected the world we now live in. In Orwell’s essay, he uses the dead coolie, the elephant, and the rifle to represent the effect on everyone in that time period, but also how imperialism affected Orwell himself. Moreover, Orwell applies the dead native coolie to represent sacrifice, helplessness, and the effect evils have on humans. Illustrating the scene of the dead coolie as, “He was laying on his belly with his arms crucified and head sharply twisted to one side,” (Orwell, Shooting an Elephant, 325) helps to give the image of the ultimate sacrifice. This quote is an allusion to the Bible’s description of Jesus’ crucifixion. In order of the Burmese’s safety from the elephant and Imperialism, the coolie had to die. If Orwell hadn’t of seen the coolie he wouldn’t have known to send for the elephant rifle. Helplessness, a trait Orwell represents through the coolie, he says, “The Burmese population had no weapons and were quite helpless against it.” (Orwell, Shooting an Elephant, 324) In the quote Orwell directly refers to the elephant, but the quote has a deeper meaning. The quote expresses how the Burmese had been helpless against Imperialism. Looking on the dead coolie Orwell can see the effect evils can have, he says “Most of the corpses I have seen…

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