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

723 Words Oct 9th, 2014 3 Pages
In "Shooting an Elephant," by George Orwell, Orwell recounts an event from his life in which he had to choose between two things that could both affect his life for years to come. This particular event takes place while Orwell is a British police officer in Burma. He despises his situation in life, and when he is faced with this choice, his pride ends up winning the battle.
Orwell is an unhappy young policeman who lives in mental isolation and hates the British and its imperialism, the Burmese natives, and his job. Orwell sees the British rule as "an unbreakable tyranny, as something clamped down. . . upon the will of prostate peoples" because he observes firsthand the cruel imprisonments and punishments the British use to enforce their control. These treatments results from the reasoning behind imperialism that says, "Our cultures are different. My culture has more power than your culture. Therefore, my culture is superior in every way, and it will rule yours.” A wall stands between the British and the Burmese. While in this mess of hatred, Orwell is stuck in a situation that defines a big part of his life to come.
A major event has Orwell in a position in where he has to decide which of two evils are the best. When he gets a report on a tame elephant under the influence of "must" has broken loose and is wandering around the village causing damage. Orwell takes his medium sized rifle along with no intention of killing the animal. When Orwell arrives at the scene where the…

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