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

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Orwell’s “Shooting an Elephant” & James Baldwin’s “Stranger in the Village” Racial and ethnical diversity of the US population always had a great influence on formation of national American literature. In the essays «Shooting an elephant» and «Stranger in the village» the writers deal with racial roles. In many ways, the American national identity was formed in opposition to the European: the word "American" meant "non-European", which means new. 
Racism is neither simple nor rational. But we often seek to treat it as if it were. Naïvely, we talk about racism and its eventual overcoming, as if this overcoming could be effected via a simple, linear progression: a shift, however painful, from old ways to new; an evolution from unenlightened views to enlightened ones. But the history of racism in America will never unfold linearly; it will never move through the understandable narrative stages—beginning to climax, denouement to glorious, redemptive conclusion. 
Both of the authors deal with a situation in which they are essentially strangers in another culture.
Orwell says, «All I knew was that I was stuck between my hatred of the empire I served and my rage against the evil-spirited little beasts who tried to make my job impossible" (195). Throughout his essay, "Shooting an Elephant," the author appeals to his audience for sympathy for him and the position he finds himself in: serving the British he hates and opposes while oppressing the Burmese he sympathizes with. He…

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