Primary Source Analysis Essay

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Primary Source Analysis

In order to determine the validity of a source, to prove it is a primary source and not a secondary source, one must look at several things. There are many aspects about it that show its validity. These include; when the event the source is talking about took place compared to when the author wrote the piece and when they were alive, whether or not it was an eye-witness account, and the reason the author wrote about it. Also in the evaluation process of the source, one must consider the audience in which it was written for, the evidence used to support the author, and the value of it in history. In examining the article Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell, One can find this article in indeed a valid,
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It also touches the emotional side of the experience when he expresses he felt guilt. By telling the audience about his reaction to the situation, he is giving more evidence to this being a primary source.
This quote also helps in evaluate the value in history. It gives the audience reading it a closer look at how conditions were in India during this time. It also helps understanding the time period and how people thought during this time period. It gives insight into how the English were treating the people of India. Furthermore, “To come all that way, rifle in hand, with two thousand people marching at my heels, and then to trail feebly away having done nothing --- no that was impossible. The crowd would laugh at me. And my whole life, every white man’s life in the East, was one long struggle not to be laughed at.” This shows how life wasn’t very good for the white man either during this time period because they didn’t want to be laughed at or thought about in any way other than as the supreme race. This also helps to further the understanding of the time period in the fact that it gives an inside look into how the poor treatment went both ways.
When Orwell actually shoots the elephant, the description he gives of how it happens can lead one to believe the event was very real and he was indeed there to experience it first-hand. “When I pulled the trigger I

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