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

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George Orwell wrote this essay “Shooting an Elephant” in 1931. The essay is based on his experience as a police officer in colonial Burma. The people treated the police officers of Burma any kind of way. Until one day an elephant appeared. This elephant would change George’s life forever. The people of Burma didn’t like George because of his job, he knows that “As a police officer I was an obvious target.” The men tripped him, laughed at him and even insulted him. George hated his job because of how he got treated “As for the job I was doing, I hated it more bitterly than I can perhaps make clear.” Until one day something expected happened. George got a call early one morning, from the sub-inspector at a police station on the other side of town. George was told that “an elephant was ravaging the bazaar.” He didn’t know what he could do but he got on a pony and headed to the other end of town. On his way he got stopped by various burmen and they told him about the elephant’s doings. The elephant happened to be tamed but had gone “must”, it was chained up. The elephant broke the chain and escaped the night before George seen it. The elephant’s owner was twelve hours away.
The Burmese people had no weapons and the elephant had already damaged a bamboo hut, killed a cow and raided fruit-stalls. Also, the elephant killed a man. The people said “the elephant had come suddenly upon him round the corner of the hut, caught him with its trunk, put its foot on his back and ground him…

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