Essay about Critical Analysis of Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

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Critical Analysis of Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

"Shooting an Elephant" is perhaps one of the most anthologized essays in the English language. It is a splendid essay and a terrific model for a theme of narration. The point of the story happens very much in our normal life, in fact everyday. People do crazy and sometimes illegal moves to get a certain group or person to finally give them respect. George Orwell describes an internal conflict between his personal morals and his duty to his country to the white man's reputation. The author's purpose is to explain the audience (who is both English and Burmese) about the kind of life he is living in Burma, about the conditions, circumstances he is facing and to tell the
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Unlike some other essays, which state their thesis in the first paragraph, this essay puts the thesis at the point where the narrator actually realizes the significance of the experience. He clearly signals that he's about to present his thesis when he says, "It was at this moment, as I stood there with the rifle in my hands, that I first grasped the hollowness....", Then comes the thesis: "I perceived in this moment that when the white man turns tyrant, it is his own freedom that he destroys." The style of this essay is generally very simple, but it is strong enough to merit numerous interpretations. Orwell uses metaphors to do this: ?They were watching me as they would watch a conjurer about to perform a trick? (165).

Oppression is shown by Orwell through the burden of servitude placed upon him by England: ? All I knew was that I was struck between my hatred of the empire I served and my rage against the evil-spirited little beast [the Burmese] who tried to make my job impossible?. Though Orwell?s handling of his subject is detailed, in the end, he subtly condemns imperialism. Orwell finds himself in a moral predicament no different than the ones

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