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Shooting an Elephant by Geroge Orwell - In his early twenties, George Orwell (1946) began a line of work he would later term “an unsuitable profession”: officer of the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, which began his transformation into a writer of primarily political topics. His essay “Shooting an Elephant” describes his feelings of frustration in attempting to perform his duty – shooting a mad elephant discovered to have broken its chain, destroyed property, and killed a man – while avoiding the ridicule of the local population. (Orwell, 1936) The elephant can be seen to represent a number of individuals and groups in the story, held by various chains in their different circumstances....   [tags: Shooting an Elephant Essays]
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True Power in "Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell - The quest for power is one which has been etched into the minds of men throughout history. However, it can be said that true power is not a result of one’s actions but comes from the following one’s own beliefs without being influenced by others. This principle sets up the story for Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell. The protagonist, Orwell himself, is a sub divisional police officer in Burma, a British colony. Orwell must try to find and use his inner power when he is faced with the decision of whether or not to kill an elephant which has ravaged the Burman’s homes....   [tags: Shooting an Elephant] 1473 words
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The Effect of Respect on Morality Depicted in The Guest and Shooting an Elephant - The prevailing theme in The Guest and Shooting an Elephant is the effect of respect on morality. In the former, the main character Daru exhibits a great deal of respect and hospitality to the Arab, especially considering the circumstances. In the latter, the Burmans exhibit no respect to the police officer in the event of the elephant display, or in his day to day life. These opposite scenarios have a distinct effect on the morality of the main characters. Respect has a distinct effect on morality which differs depending on if respect is being strived for or shown....   [tags: The Guest and Shooting an Elephant] 508 words
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Pride and Power in George Orwell's "Shooting an Elephant" and "A Hanging" - Every writer has that one special quirk that keeps readers coming back for more. Whether it is the humor or the characters, most authors carry their quirks from story to story. In “Shooting an Elephant,” George Orwell describes his experience of shooting an elephant. In “A Hanging,” he describes the emotions that run through him as he watches the hanging of a prisoner. Both essays have similar key ideas that identify Orwell as a writer. The results of pride and power contribute to the themes that connect his essays and identify Orwell as a descriptive writer....   [tags: shooting an elephant, a hanging] 986 words
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Shooting an Elephant and The Man Who Would Be King - Moral Authority and the Ultimate Fate of Imperialism The 1800’s staged the universal dissemination and climax of British imperialism, thereby destructing and reconstructing the world into a new order. It is ordinary to depict the British as overindulgent consumerists, and the natives as magnanimous servers of the Empire, though history suggests that imperialism was not a mere black and white affair. It is certain that imperialism unjustly exhausted global resources and is therefore deserving of its condemnation....   [tags: Shooting an Elephant Essays]
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George Orwell's Shooting an Elephant - George Orwell's "Shooting an Elephant" In 'Shooting an Elephant,' George Orwell finds himself in a difficult situation involving an elephant. The fate of the elephant lies in his hands. Only he can make the final decision. In the end, due to Orwell's decision, the elephant lay dying in a pool of blood. Orwell wins the sympathy of readers by expressing the pressure he feels as an Anglo-Indian in Burma, struggling with his morals, and showing a sense of compassion for the dying animal. Readers sympathize with Orwell because they can relate to his emotions in the moments before the shooting....   [tags: George Orwell Shooting Elephant]
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Society's Influence on People Depicted in George Orwell's Shooting an Elephant and Lucy Grealy's Mirrors - Throughout the ages, people have at times been influenced by society to do things they would not normally do. There are people who have been influenced to do things they did not desire to do at the behest of others, simply to be accepted by their peers. The choices that are made in life affect you either way even if they were made by you or someone else. Each choice made has a consequence which will affect the individual and in return the decision will produce a particular outcome. Influence is a hard thing to calculate into someone’s life and seeing how it changes lives for better or for worst is very difficult....   [tags: shooting an elephant, mirrors] 972 words
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Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell - Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell Few supervisors experience lack of respect and denunciation from workers because of their positions in a company. Supervisors take actions to preserve the image of authority before subordinates and from being ridiculed by their workers, even if the supervisors object these types of actions. The essay "Shooting an Elephant" relates to this situation. The author of this essay is George Orwell. The author talks about his work and personal experience that emphasizes the impact of imperialism at the sociological and psychological stage....   [tags: Orwell Elephant Shooting Analysis]
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Analysis of Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell - Analysis of Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell George Orwell's essay 'Shooting an Elephant' gives remarkable insight into the human psyche. The essay presents a powerful theme of inner conflict. Orwell feels strong inner conflict between what he believes as a human being, and what he believes and should do as an imperial police officer. The author is amazingly effective in illustrating this conflict by providing specific examples of contradictory feelings, by providing an anecdote that exemplified his feelings about his situation, and by using vivid imagery to describe his circumstances....   [tags: Shooting an Elephant George Orwell Essays] 894 words
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George Orwell's Shooting an Elephant as an Attack on Colonialism and Imperialism - 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. George Orwell's essay, Shooting an Elephant, deals with the evils of imperialism. 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 British officer, the executioner, acts as a symbol of the imperial country, while the elephant symbolizes the victim of imperialism....   [tags: Shooting Elephant Essays Orwell ]
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Moral Issues and Decisions in George Orwell's Shooting an Elephant - Moral Issues and Decisions in Shooting an Elephant    Throughout "Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell, he addresses his  internal battle with the issues of morality and immorality. He writes of several situations that show his immoral doings. When George Orwell signed up for a five-year position as a British officer in Burma he was unaware of the moral struggle that he was going to face. Likewise, he has an internal clash between his moral conscious and his immoral actions. Therefore, Orwell becomes a puppet to the will of the Burmese by abandoning his thoughts of moral righteousness....   [tags: Shooting Elephant Essays]
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George Orwell's Shooting an Elephant - A Moral Dilemma - A Moral Dilemma in Orwell's Shooting an Elephant Unanticipated choices one is forced to make can have long-lasting effects. In "Shooting an Elephant," by George Orwell, the author recounts an event from his life when he was about twenty years old during which he had to choose the lesser of two evils. Many years later, the episode seems to still haunt him. The story takes place at some time during the five unhappy years Orwell spends as a British police officer in Burma. He detests his situation in life, and when he is faced with a moral dilemma, a valuable work animal has to die to save his pride....   [tags: Shooting Elephant Essays] 990 words
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Power of the Oppressed in George Orwell's Shooting an Elephant - Power of the Oppressed Exposed in Shooting an Elephant     In Burma, the Indian Imperial Police consisted of British officers who, in theory, supported the extension of power and dominion of a nation, which is the basis of imperialism. George Orwell decided to follow family tradition when he went to Burma to work for the Indian Imperial Police, yet "when he realized how much against their will the Burmese were ruled by the British, he felt increasingly ashamed of his role as an alien police officer" (Britannica)....   [tags: Shooting Elephant Essays]
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Media Manipulation Exposed in George Orwell's Shooting an Elephant - Media Manipulation Exposed in George Orwell's “Shooting an Elephant” The phrase “the power of the press” is used often, but what exactly is the power of the press. Since the beginning of news reporting, it’s been known that what actually gets into the news reports is monitored and carefully picked by higher authorities. What isn’t widely known, however, is that the media can use specific wording and phrases that, on the surface, look like normal news coverage, but are actually a technique of the media to control the images people see and the words they hear and read....   [tags: George Orwell's Shooting an Elephant]
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Critical Analysis of Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell - 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....   [tags: Shooting an Elephant George Orwell Essays]
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The Use of Metaphors in Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell - The Use of Metaphors in Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell In the essay ?Shooting an Elephant. by George Orwell, the author uses metaphors to represent his feelings on imperialism, the internal conflict between his personal morals, and his duty to his country. Orwell demonstrates his perspectives and feelings about imperialism.and its effects on his duty to the white man?s reputation. He seemingly blends his opinions and subjects into one, making the style of this essay generally very simple but also keeps it strong enough to merit numerous interpretations....   [tags: Shooting Elephant George Orwell Essays Papers] 878 words
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Shooting an Elephant - In the essay, Shooting an Elephant, George Orwell illustrates his experiences as a British police officer in Lower Burma, and reflects it to the nature of imperialism. Since “anti-European feeling was very bitter” due to the British Empire’s dictatorship in Burma, Orwell is being treated disrespectfully by the Burmese (12). This allows him to hate his job and the British Empire. However, the incident of shooting of an elephant gives him a “better glimpse … of the real nature of imperialism – the real motives for which despotic government act” (13)....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Orwell] 1354 words
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Shooting an Elephant - In his essay, Shooting an Elephant, George Orwell illustrates his experiences as a British police officer, and reflects it to the nature of imperialism. He hates his job as a police officer in Moulmein because an “anti-European feeling was very bitter” due to British Empire’s dictatorship in Burma. 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. However, the incident of shooting of an elephant gives him a “better glimpse … of the real nature of imperialism – the real motives for which despotic government act” (13)....   [tags: Analysis, George Orwell] 1357 words
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Shooting an Elephant - The art of telling a story relies on the language used. Whether a writer is good at using the language appropriately is vital for an interesting and impressive story. So how can the uses of appropriate language affect the whole narration of a story. George Orwell, one of the most famous English authors, was born Eric Arthur Blair in Motihari, India, in 1903. His father was a colonial official for the British and his mother’s family also had colonial ties. In 1922, Orwell worked as a British imperial policeman in Burma for five years but he finally returned to England again because he recognized the injustices of the British imperial rule in Burma and could not suffer the guilt of oppressing...   [tags: Literary Analysis, Orwell] 1589 words
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Shooting An Elephant - Shooting an Elephant In life we as humans often make decisions that we would not have made on our own if we would not have been influenced by someone else. As humans others' opinions mean a great deal to us, and in "Shooting an Elephant", Orwell shows how true this idea is by the tone of the story. "Shooting an Elephant" is the story of a British policeman in Moulmein, a city in Burma, that is torn between shooting or not shooting an elephant that has gone ramped. The native people did not like him much, but when the elephant went on its rampage they were quick to call on him....   [tags: George Orwell Literature Analysis Shooting Elephan] 942 words
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Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell - ‘Shooting an Elephant’ is a short story written by George Orwell in 1936. The story is about a young British man who serves as a police officer in Burma, which is part of British India in the 1920s. This policeman is torn between his hate for the British occupation and the abuse he gets from the natives on a daily basis. Politically, he is on the Burmese side because he despises the oppressive British rule in Burma. Even though he is against the occupation, he has to act superior over the natives in order to maintain British power over the land....   [tags: short story, British oppression in Burma]
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Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell - Since the very first time I could see, my fascination with animals has followed me throughout my life. My childhood goal was to become a Veterinarian and although plans have changed, my passion for animals remains. Pets that I have taken under my wing become my responsibility and my family no matter how small or big they are. This is now the concept that most modern day families have adopted. Some people even consider them their children. Life, however, is not eternal for these little creatures, and like all living beings, their time is numbered....   [tags: animals, pet]
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The Elephant as a Symbol for Imperialism in "Shooting an Elephant” - In “Shooting an Elephant,” Orwell retold an occasion where he was struggling to come to a final decision of whether to shoot the elephant or not. With his final decision, the elephant finally lay dying in front of thousands of people. He said that he was forced to shoot it because the Burmese people were expecting him to do that. In addition, he also explained that he had to do it “to avoid looking like a fool” in front of the crowd (14). At first glance, one would think that it makes sense for him to kill the elephant to save his face, but that was not the case....   [tags: Symbolism, British, Orwell] 1173 words
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The Finale of Evil in Orwell's Shooting an Elephant - In “Shooting an Elephant,” Orwell faces a dilemma: whether or not to kill the elephant. With his final decision, the elephant finally lays dead in front of thousands of people. He explains that he was forced to shoot it because the Burmese people were expecting him to do that. In addition, he has to do it “to avoid looking like a fool” (14) in front of the crowd. At first glance, one would think that it makes sense for him to kill the elephant to save his face, but that was not the case. He effectively uses this incident to demonstrate the “real nature of imperialism” (3), where the elephant represents the British Empire....   [tags: Imperialism, Analytical Essay] 1234 words
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Shooting an Elephant bye George Orwell - ... He explains this feeling in his thought, “In the end the sneering yellow faces of young men that met me everywhere, the insults hooted after me when I was at a safe distance, got badly on my nerves” (Orwell 1). Orwell adds in this extra explanation to overemphasize the feelings of resentment he cannot bear, since most people can usually shrug off insults very easily. Kenneth Keskinen, a literary criticism author, interprets that Orwell cannot bear the natives’ contemptuous attitude and the resentment reflects Orwell’s attitude on imperialism....   [tags: short story analysis] 1027 words
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Shooting an Elephant - “Shooting an Elephant” I was not comfortable with many aspects of this story. The prejudice throughout the book was unimaginable, I find I am uncomfortable with any kind of bigotry. Reading of the Burmese people and their disrespect toward someone who was there to “protect and serve”, was difficult. I suppose I am naïve, I try to hold on to the belief that people of God are inherently good. I know there are bad apples in all walks of life, bad people are everywhere so holding on to this optimism is harder each day....   [tags: essays research papers] 474 words
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Shooting An Elephant - The story that my evaluation will be based on is Shooting an Elephant written in 1936. The author George Orwell was born in 1903 in India to a British officer raised in England. He attended Eton College, which introduced him to England’s middle and upper classes. He was denied a scholarship, which led him to become a police officer for the Indian Imperial in 1922. He served in Burma until resigning in 1927 due to the lack of respect for the justice of British Imperialism in Burma and India. He was now determined to become a writer, so at the brink of poverty he began to pay close attention to social outcasts and laborers....   [tags: essays research papers] 1377 words
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Shooting an Elephant - A police officer in the British Raj, the supposedly 'unbreakable'; ruling force, was afraid. With his gun aimed at a elephant's head, he was faced with the decision to pull the trigger. That officer was George Orwell, and he writes about his experience in his short story, 'Shooting an Elephant';. To save face, he shrugged it off as his desire to 'avoid looking the fool'; (George Orwell, 283). In truth, the atmosphere of fear and pressure overwhelmed him. His inner struggle over the guilt of being involved in the subjugation of a people added to this strain, and he made a decision he would later regret enough to write this story....   [tags: essays research papers] 422 words
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Free Will in Shooting an Elephant and Antigone - Free Will in Shooting an Elephant and Antigone Free will can be defined as: “The right, given to humans by God, to make their own decisions.” A mans free will cannot be destroyed by any power other than God. Humans can always exercise their free will when making decisions. However, when their decisions come in conflict with the laws set by a higher power, they might face consequences based on how they choose to use their free will. The more restrictions imposed upon someone’s free will the more restricted their ability to make decisions become....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 839 words
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Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell - Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell In his essay Shooting an Elephant, George Orwell explains how the controlling authorities in a hostile country are not controlling the country's population but are in fact a mere tool of the populous. Orwell's experience with the elephant provided the insight for his essay, and gives a clear example of the control the natives have over the authorities. The authorities in Lower Burma were there to police the state that their government controlled, but were only accomplished in being controlled by the people of the state....   [tags: Papers] 582 words
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George Orwells Shooting an Elephant - George Orwells Shooting an Elephant In George Orwell's essay "Shooting An Elephant," he writes about racial prejudice. Orwell is a British officer in Burma. The author is, "for the Burmese and all against their oppressors, the British"(842). Orwell feels caught in the middle of this cultural struggle. He sympathizes with the oppressed people of India, but is treated poorly, since he is viewed as one of the oppressors. He comes to terms with the role he plays in this vicious cycle of oppression , as an imperial servant, and the influence it has on him to shoot an elephant....   [tags: essays papers] 483 words
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Analytical Summary Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell - ... On his way, he hears that the elephant that was causing trouble was actually a tamed elephant that went mad due to ‘must.’ He also learns that it had already wreaked massive havoc among the Burmese villages. Upon his arrival, he is perplexed at the conflicting testimonies of the natives, making him think that this incident is just a hoax. At that very moment, he sees a corpse of man that the elephant had trampled upon. Realizing the severity of the situation, he sends an orderly to get an elephant rifle and heads towards a paddy field where the elephant rests, followed by a large crowd of people....   [tags: imperialism, wishes, essay, officer] 1059 words
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Shooting an Elephant by George Orwells, Writing and Discussion - Orwell argues in “Shooting an Elephant ” that countries lose power went they become imperialist and totalitarian countries. In “Shooting an Elephant ” he gives the main character beliefs and the will to do the right thing. Despite the main character's sympathy for the people he severs, the people still ridicule him. When the protagonist gets the chance to please the people he does it because he does not want to look weak. He is an instrument of the will of the people he severs, just like totalitarian governments....   [tags: totalitarians, vietnam war, rules]
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George Orwell's Essay Showing Regret for Shooting an Elephant - ... In reality he is uncertain of his responsibility. This sense of duty is interpreted by Orwell as taking away some of his freedom. He can no longer act the way he wants and is controlled by expectations. This message can be translated to the double edge nature of tyranny. The British have lost a part of their freedom from public perception of their tyranny. Orwell feels it is his responsibility to kill an elephant even though he does not want to kill the elephant. At this point he is going through the motions of a police officer and not convinced about the need to kill the elephant....   [tags: burmese, tyranny, british empire]
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Literary Analysis of “Shooting an Elephant,” by George Orwell - ... Part five is the last paragraph, he tells us about why that he had to kill the elephant. At the beginning, Orwell claims that he is fully against the Imperialism and he describes it as “devil”. O well’s point is to use the image of the elephant as a metaphor to demonstrate the destructive and unethical power of the Imperialism. We can see the destruction of imperialism when Orwell depicts “An elephant was ravaging the bazaar” ()and “It had already destroyed somebody’s bamboo huts, kill a cow and raided some fruit-stalls and devoured the stock;” ()....   [tags: metaphor, imperialism, imagery]
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Shooting an Elephant and Letter from Birmingham Jail - ... There were those who had the unfortunate circumstance of being put in jail by their oppressors. George Orwell gives us a very good picture of how they were treated; “The wretched prisoners huddling in stinking cages of the lock-ups, the grey, cowed faces of the long-term convicts, the scarred buttocks of the men who had been flogged with bamboos – all of these oppressed me with guilt.” (Orwell 573). Dr. King never mentions his treatment in jail, but he does tell us why he was in jail. Dr. King was put incarcerated because he and other African Americans were protesting the treatment of blacks in Birmingham....   [tags: white oppressors]
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An Exploration of British Injustice in Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell - ... This phrase shows not only how the people oppressed by the Imperialism suffer, but the tyrant itself by giving up his freedom. Through the way Orwell arrange this paragraph the audience can now truly understand Orwell’s argument about how Imperialism has negative effects on those in the power, and how ironically it is for Orwell to gain power and dominance over others, just to lose freedom and dominance over yourself. Through the essay, with the use of particular emotional words and sentences, the audience can perceive Orwell’s feelings and emotions, by the memorable amount of pathos over his essay....   [tags: imperialism, control, pressure] 1616 words
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British Imperialism Exposed in Shooting an Elephant, by George Orwell - George Orwell was, without a doubt, one of the most influential authors of his time. His strong opposition to totalitarianism and imperialism made him one of the most recognizable names in literature during the 1900’s. Orwell spent 5 years as an imperial policeman in Burma, witnessing firsthand the effects of imperialism on the people of Burma (BBC). The insight he gained during those years made clear to him the injustices of colonization and fueled his opposition to totalitarianism....   [tags: British Imperialism Essays]
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George Orwell's Shooting and Elephant and William Carlos Williams's The Use of Force - George Orwell’s short story “Shooting and elephant” and William Carlos Williams “The use of force” both share the same theme which is violence. While these stories are very much different they share many similarities. They both commit an act of violence and those acts have different effects on the main characters of the stories. “The use of force” by William Carlos Williams is about a doctor who makes a home visit and wants to diagnose this child because he thinks she has Diphtheria. The doctor must examine her throat but it is not an easy task because it becomes a conflict between the doctor and the child....   [tags: theme of violence analysis] 809 words
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Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell, Brief Description of Words and Symbols - ... As well as in paragraph seven when he speaks about the “white man turns into a tyrant, he destroys his own freedom.” Being ruled over, that everything he does now is not because he wants to but because it is expected of him. 4. The Coolie man who was killed is Orwell’s reassurance to kill this elephant. His own reasoning as to why everything he is about to do is okay. That whatever he does at the end the Burman people will not laugh at him or be angry with him. The remark at the end of the essay shows his thankfulness for no knowing the real reason why he killed the elephant....   [tags: irony, epiphany, coolie] 860 words
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Colonialism and Imperialism Exposed in Shooting an Elephant and Heart of Darkness - Destructive Colonization Exposed in Shooting an Elephant and Heart of Darkness       As a man is captured, his first instinct is to try and break free from his shackles and chains. Primal urges such as this often accompany humans when they are forced, as in capture, to rely on their most basic instincts to survive. In this manner, natives in Africa acted upon instinct when the Europeans arrived to take their land and freedom. The short story Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell and the novel Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad revolve around the time when colonialism had a foothold in many parts of the world....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Critical Response- George Orwells Shooting And Elephant - Critical Response Essay I class, we read a short story by George Orwell called Shooting an Elephant. It was a story about courage, judgment, and the pressure of peers. I personally did not like this story. I found it boring, pointless, and just another "hasn’t -this -happened -to -you" story about nothing. However, it was very well written, and if I had to critically respond to this story, I would praise the author on a number of things. The story opens by describing the relationship between the town and himself, a sort of sub-division police officer of the town....   [tags: essays research papers] 377 words
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The Effects of Groupthink - Everyday a war is being waged, not in foreign countries- but in small neighborhoods and capital cities all over the world. A timeless battle to retain individual thought and action in an increasingly conformist society. The concept of a unanimous group-thinking society can be witnessed throughout history in the form of political controversies to pop culture and trends, to subtle influences in everyday life. The short narrative “Shooting an Elephant” written by George Orwell is a perfect example of group-thinking that implicates that to be accepted into these societal groups, one must do what is right by them, and not by the individual....   [tags: Shooting an Elephant, George Orwell]
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Courga in Colin McDougall´s The Firing Squad and George Orwell’s Shooting an Elephant - A characters courage is not measured by how an action will be accepted by others, but by how their actions stay true to themselves even in the face of a pressured surrounding. Colin McDougall’s The Firing Squad a story about a young soldiers attempt at redemption and George Orwell’s Shooting an Elephant an essay about Orwell’s days in a British colony where he was called to handle the situation with an aggressive elephant are two pieces of literature that demonstrate the effects of courage. Courage takes many forms and in these two great pieces of literature it can be measured by looking at the characters and how they use courage and lack of courage as a driving factor in different ways thro...   [tags: Soldiers, War, Fear]
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Perspective of the Elephant - ... Therefore, it may look like I did a large amount of bad things, but there were good reasons for each of them. I do not understand the purpose of the terrible panic breaking out amongst the people. Oh right, there is one more thing. When they eventually captured me and brought me back to my pen, I became very agitated and picked up the first man I saw. I never meant to hurt him; I only wanted to give him a little scare. However, I accidentally dropped him and the people made a much bigger deal out of nothing....   [tags: short story, shooting] 854 words
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The Depictions of Imperialism in Shooting an Elephany by George Orwell - ... When a man is killed by the outraged elephant and the Burmese people follow the police officer on his way to the elephant he realizes that the Burmese expect him to shoot the elephant. He knows it would not be right to kill the animal because of its worth and because it has started to calm down and would be the tame, harmless animal it is used to be. But under the pressure of the crowd the police man does not see leaving the elephant alive as an option because it would make him look weak and he might get laughed at if he gets attacked by the animal....   [tags: police, autobiography, experience]
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An Analysis of Orwell's "Shooting an Elephant" - "Shooting an Elephant" is one of the most popular of George Orwell's essays. Like his essays "A hanging" and "How the Poor Die", it is chiefly autobiographical. It deals with his experience as a police-officer in Burma. After having completed his education, Orwell joined the Indian Imperial Police, and served in Burma, from 1922 to 1927, as an Assistant Superintendent of Police. His experiences as an officer in Burma were bitter. He was often a victim of the hostility and injustices at the hands of his colleagues and officers....   [tags: European Literature] 2836 words
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Elephant by Gus Van Sant - In today’s society many different forms of art constantly surround us. The music blaring through your headphones, the advertisements we come across, and even the buildings peering high above the New York skyline can all be considered art. One of the most popular mediums of art in the present time is filmmaking. Film uses moving photographs to narrate a story, express emotions and convey ideas. The unique aspect of the art of film is that it allows the viewer to become its subject or characters and experience their situations as they are occurring....   [tags: film analysis] 1042 words
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The Film, Elephant, Directed by by Gus Van Sant was Inspired by Real Life Events - ... All looks to be normal as the day unfolds yet an ominous undertone is always present from the foreshadowing that is done (Willmington). Unbeknownst to the student body, two specific students (Eric and Alex) who happen to have been bullied at their school, plan a murder spree. Gus Van Sant forces America to take a “hard look in the mirror” and see the results of its gun laws and culture which, to him, are the perpetrators of violence of this sort. ‘Elephant’ reflects a real situation taking place in America today....   [tags: bully, school, massacre]
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African Elephants and Human-Elephant Interactions: Implications for Conservations by P.C. Lee and M.D. Graham - ... The ivory trade is devastating towards elephants and is only growing in time despite authoritative efforts. According to Elephant Daily an elephant is killed every fifteen minutes, and in the last 4 years poachers have killed up to a third of the population. By 1989 the population had fallen again to 600,000 and that is when action began to take place. The first large effort to shed light on the situation was Richard Leakey. Leakey was responsible for convincing the president of Kenya to burn the countries stockpile of ivory a very large statement to be made which jumpstarted the efforts to save the elephants....   [tags: the ivory trade, elephant population] 881 words
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Sandy Hook Shooting - Nothing is more horrible then the atrocities that took place on December 14th 2012 in Sandy Hook Connecticut, when students at the Sandy Hook Elementary school were gunned down by twenty years old Adam Lanza. who suffered from an obsessive compulsive behavior, and had an odd fascination with mass shootings, when he entered the school carrying more than thirty pounds of ammunition and Lanza had three guns, one was a semi-automatic bushmaster rifle, and two pistols, Lanza then killed twenty first- grader students, and six adults, his mother being one of them, all in eleven minuets....   [tags: biased news, shooting, elementary]
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The Elephant Man - The Elephant Man John Merrick, a man so pathetic and helpless because of the curse of his extremely disfigured body he carries around with him. Lots of people are born with some deformity or another, but none such as the case of John Merrick, in other words, ‘The Elephant Man’ who was given this name because he was so deformed he resembled an extremely ugly elephant. The movie shows how John Merrick is marginalized not only by the general public, but also the poorest of people to such an extent that his life was a misery....   [tags: Elephant Man Essays] 1393 words
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Nisour Square Shooting - Nisour Square Shooting For years Blackwater have been operating above the law, but Nisour Square Shooting was the last straw. On Sept. 16, 2007 a Blackwater convoy opened fired on a crowd of unarmed citizens killing 14 and wounding 18. “In Baghdad, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki promised that Blackwater guards would be held accountable for what he called "a big crime" in the weekend violence. Iraqi officials have threatened to expel Blackwater from Iraq over the incident, in which at least nine Iraqis were killed.” (Fainaru, 2007) Operating directly for the State Department made Blackwater next to untouchable....   [tags: iraqui shooting, blackwater, leadership] 557 words
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Dylan Klebold's Motives in the Columbine High School Shooting - “People are so unaware...well, Ignorance is bliss I guess… that would explain my depression.” (Klebold, Dylan). With that sentence, I divulged myself into the most horrendous, sad journal I have ever read, hoping to gain some insight into a disturbed young man’s mind. On April 20th, 1999, Dylan Klebold accompanied his friend, Eric Harris, in one of the most publicized and shocking school shootings of the modern day--The Columbine Massacre. With their sawed-off shotguns and godlike dispositions, the boys exacted their revenge not only on their peers, but on themselves....   [tags: Mass Shooting, Gun Crime, School Shooting]
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The Guy Behind the Gun: Elementary School Shooting Case - On December 17, 2012, a man shot twenty-seven people—twenty of which were children—at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Had there been a gun for the school’s defense, the amount of those killed could have been significantly lower. As Adam Lanza entered the building, armed and ready to kill, a good guy could have shot him, saving many lives. Guns control prohibits good people from having the ability to stop the bad guys. Gun control laws should be loosened because they violate the Constitution, decrease protection, and it is proven that gun control laws only result in higher crime rate....   [tags: gun control, mass shooting, adam lanza]
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Columbine Shooting: Killer Kids - On April 20th, 1999 two teenagers, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into their school in Columbine Colorado and began a one-hour long killing spree, which ended in the death of 12 of their fellow classmates and one teacher and left another 28 wounded. The shooters then took their own lives. The two teenage gunmen did not have a previous history of violence but were both enthusiasts of killing-oriented video games. The violence in video games was a major factor in teaching these kids how to shoot other people in real life....   [tags: Mass Shootings, School Shootings Essays] 945 words
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The Red Lake Massacre - ... Days prior to the shooting, Jeffrey watched the film Elephant, which was about a school shooting (Langman 2005). Weise’s victims included Daryl Lussier, Michelle Signa, 5 students—Thurlene Stillday, 15; Chase Lussier, 15, Chanelle Rosebear, 15, Alicia Spike, 14, Dwayne Lewis, 15, school security guard—Derrick Brun and school teacher Neva Rogers, 62 (CNN 2005) . Each victim was targeted at random according to different news media coverage. Students that were killed were located in a study hall room that was targeted at a random decision (Maag 2005)....   [tags: school shootings]
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The Donkey and the Elephant - ... These diverse views make for an even more diverse political agenda. In order to make things easier to understand most people refer to only two political parties; the republicans, and the democrats. These two political parties are shared by a vast majority of Americans, though there are countless other parties, and each with varying views. Views that start raging debates between political leaders. It’s a jungle out there, we’re the animals, and its wild. But to make things easier, we will gingerly step into the wild, and explore the life of just two animals....   [tags: the political zoo] 551 words
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The African Elephant - What do you think about when you hear the word Africa. How about the word safari. Most people tend to think about elephants or giraffes. In this paper I will tell you many important facts about elephants: how they live, their appearance, and many other interesting facts about them. There are two different kinds of elephants; the African elephant and the Asian elephant (also known as the Indian elephant). The African elephant is the larger of the two. Measuring from the shoulder, African elephants are on average 10.8 feet (females 8.9 feet), and the average length of their trunk is approximately 7-8 feet....   [tags: African Wildlife] 551 words
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The Elephant Man - For everyone life is already hard enough. All anyone wants is to be accepted and to feel cared about but when you are unfortunately born with deformities life is a hundred times harder. According to his play The Elephant man Bernard Pomerance believes that society will shun those with deformities until they take the time to actually get to know them. John was a man shunned by society because he simply didn’t look like everyone else. He was born with a serious case of Elephantitis and was said to look like a monster....   [tags: Literature Analysis] 608 words
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The Evolution of the Elephant Specie - The evolution of the elephant specie initiates the modification in the genetic traits of an elephant through sequential generations; hence the independent species divided into separate divisions. The subspecies therefore evolved and developed independently, and ultimately expanded and branched out to form advanced species, resulting in the formation and evolution of the modern elephant specie. The current elephant is a large herbivorous mammal, native in Southern Asia and Africa. The elephant species is the largest existing land animal, belonging to the family Elephantidae, and the order of Probiscidea....   [tags: Biology ] 1064 words
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The Hunter, the Elephant and Tort Law - Decisions, decisions, our lives are made up of them. From deciding to pay for a passing a red light ticket to deciding to stop at a yellow light for once. We can attest that good or bad, there will always be corresponding consequences for our actions. In our modern society the hunter’s acts could be considered negligence. In the story “The Hunter and The Elephant,” the hunter’s negligence led him to experience a destruction of everything that he had. According to Business Law Today in order for someone to be considered negligent four requirements need to be satisfied: duty, breach, causation, and damages (Leroy 115-118)....   [tags: business law, negligence]
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School Shootings: The Colombine High School Shooting - The actual school shootings themselves were panic filled for students and administrators, but complete opposite for the shooters themselves. Most of these shootings were carefully planned, almost months, and in some cases, years in advance. The Columbine shooting itself was one of much planning and extensive research. Finally, on April 20, 1999 at 11:30 a.m., Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold arrived to their school, late. The two wore long, black trench coats in order to hide the homemade pipe bombs and weapons they planned to use in the attack (Orr 18)....   [tags: , Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, weapon, bombs]
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The Elephant Vanishes by Murakami - ... The strangeness or magic aside, the conditions Murakami explores through the lenses of his narrators give those of straightforward human obsession – love, loss, work, family, friendship, lust, food, drink,diversion, and sleep (or lack of it). He doesn't contrive narrative arcs or plotlines to support his characters’ habits . In fact, a lot of his stories have a reality feel to them. It’s the refined directive and infrequently nearly invisible resolutions that belie Murakami’s intent to indicate slice of (strange/magical) life....   [tags: character and theme analysis] 738 words
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The Savanna African Elephant - ... When they go through adolescence, immature elephants stay with their original herd even after they finish nursing. For the first 10 years of life, males and females have alike rates of growth and developmental stages. Between ten and twelve years old, young elephants growth rates start to prolong, and slow down. For the young elephants most of their life is about play. Young males chase each other and spar with the other young males. Females however, enjoy running through the grass chasing birds accompanied by the other young females....   [tags: gazelles, fascinating animals] 1115 words
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Thermal Physics: Elephant Seals - ... The Elephant Seals move through the water by moving their hind flippers side to side, while their front flippers stay motionless. However, their front flippers are used for turning and manoeuvring, but only at slow speeds. On land, however, the Elephant Seals use their front flippers to throw their body forward, undulating them up and down, while their back flippers drag with the body. On the other hand, the Minks can also move on land and in water. In water, Minks use their hind legs and tail to move....   [tags: antarctic waters, locomotion, organism] 754 words
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The Mass Shooting Epidemic in America - Nine students were killed at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. A man opened fire in a church, in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine people, including the pastor. Twenty-seven were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Twelve were killed in the Washington Navy Yard. This is only a few examples from a very long list. The grim truth is that mass shootings are becoming the new normal. Every few months, another mass shooting occurs and the public goes through the same routine of mourning, honoring, and ultimately debating....   [tags: America's Gun Violence Epidemic]
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Gus Van Sant's Elephant - ... Doing so conceals their facial expressions from us and puts an emphasis on the school environment they move through. As she starts to reshelve books in the library, she turns and reveals her face to hear a rifle being cocked. (1:00:32) We assume a reverse shot will be shown to reveal what she see’s. Instead the film flashes back to earlier in the day, when the two boys showered together before going to school on their lethal plan. There is little irrelevant distraction from the characters as they walk down the hall....   [tags: film review and analysis] 1083 words
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