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

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Power Struggle in Shooting an Elephant

In the text, Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell, the theme of power, imperialism and the struggle of the British Empire are very prominent in the reading. The text is based on Orwell’s experience with the imperial police and the British Empire. George Orwell was born in Burma in 1903 and died in 1950, where his father was working at the time. Orwell was educated in his home country of England but went back to Burma after high school to work as a police officer. He worked in Burma for 5 years, from 1922- 1927. Orwell’s experiences in Burma caused him to become critical of how the British colonized and ruled other countries, which he witnessed first hand through his work. In 1936, Orwell published Shooting an Elephant which was inspired by his experiences working as a police officer in Burma. Orwell went on to publish many essays, short stories and novels and is best known for his novel Animal Farm. In Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell, the elephant 's fate is a symbol of the flawed nature of imperialism, because it highlights the power that the Burmese citizens have over the British authorities, and the helplessness of the police officers.
As Orwell mentioned in his essay, as a police officer in Burma he was always treated badly. The citizens treated him with no respect and no consideration, Orwell always wanted to be respected but the strong social divide and rivalry between the British and the Burmese always caused there to…

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