The British interest was obvious in the story by getting superior jobs and working in the government. This act of power usually includes economical, political, or even military dominance over the colonized country, not to mention the territorial domination. This sight was so disturbing to Orwell that he leaves. The unjust shooting of an elephant in Orwell's story is the central focus from which Orwell builds his argument through the two dominant characters, the elephant and its executioner. The shame pressed down on his shoulders with an unbearable weight. The setting is in Moulmein in Lower Burma in the 1920's, and is taking place in a poor city.
Because the locals expect him to do the job, he does so against his better judgment, his anguish increased by the elephant's slow and painful death. In this essay, Orwell… 1373 Words 6 Pages essay, Shooting an Elephant, George Orwell illustrates his experiences as a British police officer, and reflects it to the nature of imperialism. This article has been rated as Low-importance on the project's. One is generally interested in how well this pattern of events accomplishes some artistic or emotional effect. It is when power is combined with abuse that a problem begins.
This story is about the time when Orwell went to Burma and served in the Indian Imperial Police as an assistant superintendent in 1922 because of lacking the means to attend a university. However, those fellow officers were not standing there to see how the author was not only looking like a fool, but also a puppet of the Burmese people. The young Buddhist priests were the worst of all. Indeed to kill it would feel like murder. The gun was of little use, the main gun was not even his own but the riffle. For at that time I had already made up my mind that imperialism was an evil thing and the sooner I chucked up my job and got out of it the better.
The police officer was kind open mind about the time of imperialism. Theoretically- and secretly, of course- I was all for the Burmese and all against their oppressors, the British. It is written in a way to portray how the British Empire had an impact on the Burmese people and their economy without the audience realising it. But today is different and we all equal respect each other, and live in freedom country. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism. Leaving the gun at home or bringing the gun would have made no difference to what happened at the end. He does not get any benefit from the empire.
Words: 3298 - Pages: 14. Therefore, Orwell, a white man is being treated disrespectfully by the Burmese which allows him to hate his job and British Empire, the root of everything. To exemplify this, he narrates an incident that exposed to him the evil impacts of imperialism. By shooting the elephant he thinks he will gain their respect. While he feels opposed to the British Empire, he is still too young and uneducated to be able to articulate this opposition. In Shooting an Elephant the narrator finds himself isolated because of his role as policeman in a foreign country and by the hostility and mistrust of the Burmese citizens he must police. The story is an attempt to show the British population that it's time to move on from this old ideology.
Together, the solider and the elephant turns this tragic anecdote into an attack on the institution of imperialism. In this essay, the elephant and the British officer help prove that imperialism is a double-edge sword. They were watching me as they would watch a conjurer about to perform a trick. He had no intention to kill the elephant. The natives are treating him very badly; they are making fun of the white man. The implication of imperialism affected and agonized the native inhabitants of India.
He feels wrong for killing the elephant because he feels that there could have been a more peaceful solution and killing it will bring more harm than good. The question of whether or not the shooting of the elephant is justified is an important question. The coolie is sacrificed in order to justify Orwell's actions. The oppressors continues to break rules and disregards rights in order to stay in power and to show control of the land and people. The shooting of the elephant shows the different… 842 Words 4 Pages George Orwell's Shooting an Elephant as an Attack on Colonialism and Imperialism The glorious days of the imperial giants have passed, marking the death of the infamous and grandiose era of imperialism.
The narrator then leaves the beast, unable to be in its presence as it continues to suffer. He also describes the injustices in. Can someone who knows the story better than me try to fix that? Our main character, whom I assume is Orwell,. When describing the true nature of Imperialism, Orwell distinctly associates the words: evil, dirty, wretch, huddling, stinky, grey, cowed, convicts, scared and intolerable 788 Orwell. The narrator struggles in his job because of his differing views with the empire he works for and with the people he is trying to protect.