The Three Messages Of Peer Pressure In George Orwell's Shooting An Elephant

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What is it like to be peer pressured? The three messages from elephant Have you ever been peer pressured into something? Have you ever peer pressured someone into something? Do you ever feel like you need to do something to impress the people around you? Do you ever want to feel cool? Can you feel cool doing something that felt wrong to you? In the story Shooting An Elephant by George Orwell, George was peer pressured into shooting, an elephant for the Burmese. There could have been thousands of reasons, why he should have shot the elephant, but there could have been one to not shoot the elephant. The story provides great details, of what peer pressure can cause, and it will affect you for the rest of your life. The three messages from …show more content…
There is always going to be someone in the world that does something they know they never wanted to do. There will always be someone who makes someone try something new they never wanted to do. In the story the man had pointed the gun and pulled the trigger. He was afraid to be the bad guy to those people. The truth is he could have put the gun back, and walked away, but he didn’t. There were thousands standing behind him telling him to shoot the elephant that had been loose for a couple of hours. I know I would be a little peer pressured in shooting an, elephant if thousands of people were standing behind me. Some people when under pressure are scared to do something, but they “know” they have to, or society, groups, and family will get mad at them. The fact is, people don’t realize that saying no is okay to do if they, feel that doing something wrong is wrong. People say that peer pressure is always from other people, but in this case peer pressure was on the man who pulled the trigger. He had contemplated for a while, wondering if he should do it or not. On page one thousand three hundred twenty three it said “ But I did not want to shoot the elephant”. The sad part about the story is he did it anyways, under peer pressure or not don’t do something you 're not comfortable with. Clearly, there is peer pressure in adults as well as …show more content…
In the story, the regret comes right after the bullet has reached the elephant. Under the signs of peer pressure, and not wanting to look like a coward in front of a crowd of inadequate people, the author of the story had pulled the trigger. Regret never goes away, whether you are young, old, or dead. People will always have the regret of something they did or something they didn’t do. The main regret people have is not standing up for what they believe in. They will walk away, or pretend they didn’t hear someone say something. There will always be the coward that gives into peer pressure, and soon after regrets what they have done. The people that say they don’t have regrets, are most likely the ones that have too many. George Orwell, had the regret of shooting the elephant, but he also regretted the fact that he gave in to what the people had wanted. “ I often wondered whether any of the others grasped that I had done it solely to avoid looking a fool” said on page one thousand three hundred twenty six. The man had told himself that it was the right thing to do, but he didn’t feel like it was right to kill the elephant, even though the elephant had trampled on someone he knew it was not right and did it anyway. Clearly, there is more regret in the world than we 'll ever know

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