Analysis Of George Orwell 's ' Shooting An Elephant ' Essay
In “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell, one of the more obvious themes is imperialism, but right from the first sentence starts a theme of intimidation and bullying. Throughout the essay, Orwell shows concern regarding how his appearance is seen through others. Although he does not agree with imperialism, he is perceived this way by his occupation.
“As a police officer I was an obvious target and was baited whenever it seemed safe to do so” (Orwell). People of this time are divided by social status. There are the Burmese and the British, and you are either one or the other. Orwell hated his job, but felt he didn’t have many options. “I was young and ill-educated and I had had to think out my problems in the utter silence that is imposed on every Englishman in the East” (Orwell). Orwell quietly accepts the bullying of the Burmese, because of who he currently is in society.
The Burmese, maybe feeling it was their only course of defense, continuously acted out their feelings toward the police officer. “When a nimble Burman tripped me up on the football field and the referee (another Burman) looked the other way, the crowd yelled with hideous laughter. This happened more than once” (Orwell). Orwell also uses descriptive words like “sneering yellow faces”, “insults hooted”, and “evil spirited little beasts” to show examples of the harassment he receives.
One day Orwell is called upon to investigate an elephant on the loose.…