How Peer Pressure Can Be Defined As Influence From Members Of One 's Peer Group

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Peer pressure can be defined as “influence from members of one’s peer group”. This is exactly what George Orwell experienced at the moment he held up the rifle towards the elephant. The people of Burma expected him to shoot the elephant and they made it known. George Orwell did not see the elephant as a potential threat when he first encountered him as he was calmly eating grass. Orwell naturally shied away from the idea of murdering a harmless animal. Yet, the crowd of thousands that had gathered behind him had high expectations of him, as he was the European official. Ultimately, he shot the elephant and it became clear he felt remorse. The elephant did not die right away and Orwell shot it multiple times in hopes to end it’s suffering, revealing that he did not want to hurt the elephant after all. George Orwell did not want to shoot the elephant because he felt forced to do so by his role in the British empire, did not see the elephant as a threat, and knew the elephant was valuable to the owner. The narrator, George Orwell, did not want to shoot the elephant because he felt forced to do so by his role in British empire. Orwell begins the story by expressing his hatred for the British empire taking over Burma and Totalitarianism. He confesses that he only felt like he had to shoot the elephant because he was the British officer amongst a sea of Burmese citizens expecting him to act like a leader. He was completely against Totalitarianism and Imperialism. The only reason…

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