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    Shoot In “Shooting an Elephant,” from The Norton Reader, George Orwell explains his personal experience in an imperialistic county where he feels as though he is forced to shoot an elephant that had escaped into a town killing a man. His thoughts were not set on killing the wild animal but under circumstances, Orwell felt as though he would be seen as a fool to the natives if he did not live up to the expectation of the natives to kill the elephant. Once Orwell shot the elephant he had to watch…

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    Gorge, Orwell writes about an elephant in his essay “Shooting an Elephant” where the main craters is a police man for the British emperor in one of the eastern countries. This police man has an internal power struggle with his duty and internal feelings of what he knows as right. In this country he imply about how the people there are cage and are oppressed by the British Emperor he is also concern with his duty and how the people view him. Even though the policeman is authority figure he takes…

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    Plenty of people would see Orwell as a brave person for killing the elephant and saving all those people. In reality, he was just scared and ended up doing what the crowd expected him to do. As a policeman, his duty was to protect the crowd from the wild elephant, but killing the elephant just because people were cheering for him to do it was the issue. Looking at how Orwell handled the situation tells a lot about him at this age. Like how during his younger days, Orwell made poor choices,…

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    George Orwell’s short story “Shooting an Elephant” offers insight into the ideals of leadership within a foreign environment and how it is the majority who influence the leader, not the leader who influences the majority. In “Shooting an Elephant” George Orwell demonstrates the power that a crowd can have over an individual by manipulating their ego. In many ways everyone is sycophantic; it is part of human nature, and it is what causes many people to push away their morality when it is needed…

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    In the story of the elephant Mr. Orwell paints a picture of another type of inner conflict that he experienced while working in Burma. That is, when one knows deep inside what they should rightly do, but due to outside pressures and influences they choose another course of action. The anecdote is about an elephant that is out of control and is ravaging a village. George Orwell is called out to neutralize the situation, but he does not know what he can do to help things. When he arrived at the…

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    maintain his values. “Shooting the elephant” depicts the story of a young officer who has to decide whether to follow his own path or the path that the majority wants him to follow. Orwell says “I could feel their two thousand wills pressing me forward”, which shows how he is swayed by the opinions of the crowd and is pressurized to make a decision that is not his own. “And suddenly I realized that I should have to shoot the elephant after all. The people expected it of me and I…

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    In his essay, “Shooting an Elephant”, well known writer, George Orwell, recounts his experience where his morals and ego were challenged by the Burmese natives. He finds himself struggling with an internal conflict over his attitude toward the empire he serves and the natives he oversees. Orwell uses diction to reveal an attitude of bitterness and resentment towards the Burmese natives, despite having to prove his strength and dominance as a British soldier. Orwell opens his piece by revealing…

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    in Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills like White Elephants” and Kate Chopin’s “Story of an Hour” (rpt. in Greg Johnson and Thomas R. Arp, Perrine’s Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense, 12th ed. [Boston Wadsworth, 2015] 275 and 532) the women do…

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    by the young British law enforcer in George Orwell’s essay “Shooting an Elephant” was by the pre existing tension between the British Empire’s imperial rule over Burma, and the Burmese’s disrespectful actions towards his authority being enforced of the Empire. Orwell displays this conflict and tension as we see his use of symbolism and irony throughout the essay. As a matter of fact, Orwell’s symbolic use of the elephant shows both sides of the confliction between the British Empire and…

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    George Orwell Confronts British Imperialism In “Shooting an Elephant”, George Orwell first reveals his opposition to the imperialism, then he uses parallel between the British Empire and a Burmese elephant to convey a message about imperialism: although imperialism is justified by the European Empire, in actuality, its nature is horrendous, and it is the British Empire that has destroyed its own freedoms. At the very beginning of his essay, Orwell brings up his point of view towards British…

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