George Orwell Shooting An Elephant Analysis

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In George Orwell’s “Shooting an Elephant”, Orwell priorities the abuse of the Burmese people by the British Empire. Orwell uses the shooting of the elephant to the plight of the Burmese people and their unbroken will in some civil disobedience. The elephant represents a defiance of the British Empire. Also since he was seen as the figured head of the state he had to take action or ruin not only his own standings with the crowd but also with the face of the British Empire. When Orwell starts the essay he tells us how he was hated by the people. For example “In Moulmein, in Lower Burma, I was hated by large numbers of people --- the only time in my life that I have been important enough for this to happen to me” (Orwell 1). This show the disdain…show more content…
For example “They did not like me, but with the magical rifle in my hands I was momentarily worth watching. And suddenly I realized that I should shoot the elephant after all.” (Orwell 4). This shows how Orwell’s character was reluctant at first but with the growing mob behind him he had to shoot the elephant to keep his standing with the Burmese people and being marked a coward. It also shows the interest of the Burmese people and how they look to the British rulers to do the things that they cannot do…show more content…
For example “The older men said I was right, the younger men said it was a damn shame to shoot an elephant for killing a coolie, because an elephant was worth more than any dam Coringhee coolie” (Orwell 6). This shows the differing opines of the British citizens in Burma since the younger generation see the people less than nothing because the elephant was worth more to them then another person’s life. This could give reason for the Burmese people hating the British Empire if some of the people see them less than an animal then how could they stay in good faith with
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