Shooting An Elephant Criticism

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Critique on ‘Shoot an Elephant’

In todays’ society, we are influenced by many peers. Even though many may say to ourselves, “I make my own decision, I am my own person, I will do what I think is right.” With that being said by most of us, are we really doing what ‘we’ think is right, or are our decisions being made being influenced by other individuals? It comes across that George Orwell’s essay reflects what many may go through today. The struggle to do what is morally right when an entire world persuades individuals, or gives a different vision of the opposite. ‘Shooting an Elephant’ represents a very powerful essay with a police officer that suffers from inner conflict. Orwell seems to be a very weak individual with a weak mindset. Confused and lost as to what decisions he really should make on his own. He sets the mood of this impression in the start of his essay.
In the essay “Shooting an Elephant”, it is based on a man who is pressured to kill an elephant that was thought to be wild. This adventure took place in Moulmein, in Lower Burma. Could he have saved this elephant and done what his heart wanted to do? Or was the peer pressure by others to strong? Orwell withheld the
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Orwell’s essay reflects what many of us go through today. The struggle to do what is morally right when an entire world persuades us or gives a different vision of the opposite. These choices one must face are unanticipated and something one must live with for the rest of their life. This is just one example of a trivial encounter an individual must face. Regardless of wanting to feel acceptance or prideful, always do what the instinct of oneself is saying. One must live with this decision for the rest of ones life. It is always been said that man’s journey for power will be a continuous struggle until the end of time but that in order at attain power, one must learn to listen to one’s

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