William Shakespeare's 'The Tempest And Shooting An Elephant'

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Discoveries are often challenging and have the potential to transform the individual’s perception of self and others. Others may have a significant influence on the outcome of the individual’s discoveries and discoveries may these provocative discoveries are often unexpected or evoked by curiosity. These ideas are explored in the romantic comedy play, The Tempest (1611) by William Shakespeare and the short story, Shooting an Elephant (1936) by George Orwell, these texts effectively portray the power of discoveries, capable of altering one’s perspectives.

Discoveries may be difficult to overcome as there are often barriers preventing the individual from accepting their unexpected discoveries. In The Tempest, Prospero conjured up a storm, bringing
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On the other hand, in Orwell’s short story, Shooting an Elephant, the persona was perceived as an outsider, working for the imperialist in Burma. The persona was experiencing external conflicts with the Burmese people due to their mockery of him as a British Empire, the British Empire’s unjust occupation of Burma and his internal conflict with conscience and self image. He stated, “I was hated by a large number of people.” This high modality encompasses the struggles of discovery, working as a British imperialist in Burma, none of them liked the British. When he was informed of that the elephant had gone must, he “sent an orderly to a friends house nearby to borrow an elephant rifle” his …show more content…
In The Tempest, the relationship between Miranda and Ferdinand resulted in the forgiveness of Alonso and Prospero, “Prospero: let us not burden our sorrows with a heaviness that’s gone” the persuasive language reinforces the idea that beneficial interactions between individuals can elevate one’s emotions, allowing them to alter their values and learn to appreciate others, Prospero then emphasises, “I will break my staff, bury it several fathoms in earth, i’ll drown my book”, the imperative first person languages highlight’s Prospero’s desire to deter his reliance on magic to control others, consequently, Prospero has become a humanist, valuing people rather than power and wealth. Antonio also transforms his perceptions after his experience of discovery on the Island, consequently, returning the dukedom to Prospero. Prospero also freed those under his control. Alternatively, in Orwell’s short story, Shooting an Elephant, the persona develops a greater understanding of humans, manipulating others to get what they desire, “I often wondered if any of the others grasped that I had done it solely to avoid looking like a fool” the emotive language of this statement reinforces the idea that others may have a significant impact on the experience of discovery for the individual, the protagonist understood the values of the natives, “The older man said i was right, the

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