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  • Shooting An Elephant

    - George Orwell’s essay Shooting an elephant tells a story of a policeman serving for the British government is battling with inner values along with humanity and political dominance whose imperialism is torturing other people from different races. -His struggle with his job, his empire and within himself is expressed throughout the essay. 2. Summary The story takes place in Moulmein, Burma, a colony of the British government. The main character is an English police officer working there who is struggling with his internal conflict. He holds a deep hatred towards his own job and the British imperialism. Although he has a distaste for the hatred from the Burmese, he actually feels sympathy for those people, who have been suffering from the cruel imprisonment of his empire. Be that as it may, he cannot share this thought with anyone due to “the utter silence that is imposed on every Englishman in the East” (182). All of a sudden, an event occurs and forces him to choose between his inner conscience and the outward expectation. He is assigned the duty to kill an elephant that is causing damage to the villagers. As soon as he receives his mission, he takes a rifle with him to shoot down the animal. However, upon arriving, the narrator finds a normal creature which seems so harmless. Therefore, he decides not to shoot, but the crowd of native people that has gathered and followed him demand a show. So the policeman is left with his inner battle: to kill the elephant…

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  • Analysis Of George Orwell's Essay 'Shooting An Elephant'

    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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  • George Orwell Shooting And Elephant Analysis

    In all honesty before reading “Shooting and Elephant” I was rather apathetic and slightly pessimistic. That’s why it came to my surprise as to how much I enjoyed this short story written by George Orwell. The setting takes place in Burma where Orwell, the main character encounters a difficult dilemma with the infamous elephant. Although I knew the elephant’s death was inevitable, the way in which and how he died still seemed to greatly startle me. Right off the bat Orwell makes it evidently…

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  • Reading Response: Shooting An Elephant By George Orwell

    Adrianna Geisler ENGL1010 Essay #1 8 Sept. 2015 Reading Response Essay for “Shooting an Elephant” In the essay “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell, the author is trying to show how imperialism can have strong effects on someone. In addition, Orwell describes his personal decision to shoot an elephant after the animal kills a man. He does not initially intend on killing the animal, but anti-imperialism and the pressure of the crowd really get to him. Orwell states that the only reason he…

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  • Shooting An Elephant By George Orwell Analysis

    "How Free is the Will of the Individual Within Society?" A question someone would ask may be, "How free is the will of the individual within society?" Does society force individuals to do certain things and deal with certain people or does the individual have a say in what they do and who they encounter? Going further, free will is the ability to do something without being forced upon on doing so. Free will is by far a very beneficial aspect since if allows you to determine the outcome of an…

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  • The Things They Carried: Chapter Analysis

    Analysis Paper: The Things They Carried Part One: The chapter entitled How to Tell a War Story contains a moment from Tim O’Brien’s’ time at war where he recalls when Rat Kiley shoots a baby water buffalo uncontrollably. Rat Kiley has recently lost his best friend Curt Lemon due to their own stupidity. Kiley proves to be in a very delicate state after this, which can explain why he takes his frustration and anger out on this baby buffalo. He doesn’t just shoot the buffalo once to end its’ life.…

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  • Analysis Of Shooting An Elephant By George Orwell

    Being a person of high authorities can sometimes form a burden on you. This correlates to, “Shooting an Elephant,” by George Orwell, which is about a police officer in Burma. The police officer is a European, so he faces plenty of hatred in Burma. However, one day an elephant goes into “must” state and it is up to this police officer to stop the elephant. The police officer is not justified in his actions as he shoots the elephant to maintain his pride, the elephant is already in peace and there…

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  • Modern Day Social Imagery In George Orwell's Shooting An Elephant

    In “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell, the author writes about his experience with dealing a rampant elephant in British Colonial Burma. Privilege is usually viewed as a positive attribute, however Orwell explores all of the negatives that privileges can bring, which can be applied to modern day social expectations and politics. In order to highlight its effects on a personal and a widespread level, he uses the rhetorical device of figurative language. The figurative language__________…

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  • The Elephant The Frogs And The Toad Analysis

    India The Elephant, the Frogs, and the Toad The big elephant named Blackmound came everyday to the pond to get a drink of water but each time he went, he crushed many frogs. One day, the frogs went to the wise today, Blear Eye and asked him what to do about the horrid situation. Bleary Eye chose one frog name Lightfoot to approach Blackmound next time he arrived and have the boldness to tell him that he was crushing the frogs. Lghtfoot obeyed and approach Blackmound explaining the situation.…

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  • Critical Analysis Of Shooting An Elephant By George Orwell

    Over the years people have all faced many life changing decisions. Once a conclusion had been met and the decision had been made, many of us don’t take the time to look back upon our choice. Reflecting on whether an external influence may have affected our preferred option can also arise questions about our morals at the time of the decision. We can see this quite clearly in George Orwell’s “Shooting an Elephant”. His popular essay uses imagery to recount a moral dilemma he had faced early in…

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