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

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Conformity and Non-Conformity
Defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “Conformity is the fact or state of obeying or agreeing with a behavior that is similar to a behavior of most other people in a society, group, etc.” In the following reading selections: “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell, “They Call Him a Miracle Worker” by Michael Ryan, and “Salvation” by Langston Hughes, the authors illustrate how the characters of these essays felt pressured to conform to the expectations of others without wanting to do so, cause them to regret the mistakes they made to their lives. Individuals who feel forced to conform to certain behaviors, beliefs, and expectations to group norms against their better judgment, live a life in a way others want rather than a life based on their own decisions.
In the essay “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell, narrates his experience of killing a mad elephant during the British Raj, when he was working a police officer in Moulmein, Lower Burma. There, he talks about his “hatred of the empire [he] served and [his] rage against the evil-spirited little beasts who tried to make [his] job impossible.” George Orwell was told about an elephant under the attack of “must” and it was “ravaging the bazaar.” He takes his old .44 Winchester rifle and goes to the site where the elephant had done a lot of damage. When Orwell encounters the body of a man the elephant killed, he sends for an elephant gun. George Orwell with a big crowd finds the…

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