His humiliation and sense of defeatare conveyed through his compelling words. He shows the audience that through this incident, hereceives a “better glimpse than [he] had had before of the real nature of imperialism — the realmotives for which despotic governments act” (Orwell).The whole essay, with its appeals of ethosand pathos, uses of imagery, and satirical techniques, boils down to the irony between theoutward and inward appearances of a British authority figure in Burma, or any other state withinthe British sphere of influence. This irony shows how imperialism ruins everyone involved— starting from the inner core.Orwell, George. "Shooting an Elephant." Shooting an Elephant and Other Essays. London:Secker and Warburg, 1950.
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