Analysis Of 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 …show more content…
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 into the earth.” The man was laying on his belly, his head turned to the side and eyes wide open. George sent an orderly to a friend’s house near the dead body to borrow an elephant rifle. George got the rifle and headed to the elephant. As he started walking, the whole population practically followed. They got happy and started shouting when they seen the rifle. The crowd was happy that the elephant was going to be …show more content…
He says “The crowd would laugh at me.” He knew he only had one alternative. He lays down on the road to get a better aim. When the elephant was sideways George aimed straight, inches in front of the earhole thinking he’d hit the elephants brain. He had shot the elephant. Every line in the elephant’s body had altered. It took the elephant five seconds to drop to his knees. George shot him again in the same spot. “At the second shot he did not collapse but climbed with desperate slowness to his feet and stood weakly upright, with legs sagging and head drooping. Two shots wasn’t enough, George shot a third time. This shot knocked the last remnant of strength from his legs. The burmen raced to the elephant, he wasn’t dead. George says “I waited a long time for him to die, but his breathing did not weaken.” He shot the elephant again, twice. The elephant still was alive, he died slowly “He was dying, very slowly and in great

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