Shooting The Breeze And Shooting An Elephant Essay

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Shooting the Breeze and Shooting an Elephant: Fictional Styling in Orwell’s Essay George Orwell’s Shooting an Elephant is a personal essay describing an event that Orwell claims occurred while he was working as a police officer in Burma, a portion of the British Empire. Though the story is presented as a wholly voracious, there are obvious moments wherein Orwell uses his skill as a writer of fiction, perhaps to keep readers more engaged. This essay will explore the elements of Shooting that give it the aura of a fictional account; for example, the elements of motif, character, and the use of the first person as a narrative device are all present in the story. All of these elements are often used in fiction. One indication that Shooting is written differently from most essays is the use of the first person. Academic essays often avoid the use of the pronoun“I” as it is considered unprofessional. However, the use of “I” in short stories is perfectly acceptable as fiction is often less professional in nature. In fact, first person narration in fiction has become increasingly popular, as seen in The Hunger Games, Divergent, and other bestselling novels.
While some might argue that something like a formal first-hand report might also use “I,” such reports would likely not refer to the personal feelings of those involved. Orwell refers to his emotional reactions frequently within the essay, saying things like “[a]ll this was perplexing and upsetting,” and “I was very…

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