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Shooting an Elephant Essay

  • Submitted by: dlacebal
  • on March 24, 2014
  • Category: English
  • Length: 500 words

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In “Shooting an Elephant,” George Orwell is a young European police officer working in Moulmein, in Lower Burma who is hated by the Burmans, who has come to hate the Europeans so much, that they would spit, sneer, or make fun of in spite whenever they got the chance.   He tells how he has made up his mind that imperialism is evil, and because he has seen the dirty work of the Empire up close, he hates his job.   He feels this kind of inhuman behavior would not happen without colonialism, and now he is stuck between his hatred for the empire he serves and the people who tried to make his job impossible. One day he is called to investigate an incident that opens his eyes to the true meaning imperialism.   There is an elephant ravaging a bazaar.   He writes how he does not know if there is anything he can do, but decides that he will go to see what happened, and so he grabs his small .44 Winchester thinking it will be good enough to scare the elephant away.   Soon after meeting with other officers they begin to question people about where the elephant is.   The people do not give him any solid information, it seems as though no one has seen anything or even wants to talk to him, and so he starts to think the whole incident was a lie until he hears a loud yell.   When he leaves to investigate the yelling, he finds a dead Dravidian coolie that the elephant had chased down and killed.   Seeing this causes Orwell to feel as though he needs more protection, so he sends out for his elephant rifle.   As he is leaving to the field where he was told the elephant is, he observes the whole population come out of their houses to follow him. Now they are all excited, not because there has been a death, but because of the death they expect that he will kill the elephant, which means the people will not only get to have a little fun, but they will also get meat.   This makes Orwell vaguely uneasy because he has no intention on shooting an elephant, and because the crowd of unnerving people...

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