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Shooting An Elephant Figurative Language Essay

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If someone told you to shoot an elephant would you do it? Would you kill an elephant just to avoid looking like a fool even if it’s wrong? In the narrative “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell the narrator is pressured into shooting an elephant by his town. The narrator is trapped under the influence of the people around him. George Orwell does a great job in delivering his essay and illustrating his theme of imperialism. The short story “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell take place in Moulmein, in Lower Burma. The narrator is hated by the people in his town because he is a police officer. He hates his job because he works under the empire and hates the british. One day at work he…show more content…
Orwell uses exposition at the beginning to help you understand the narrator’s situation. He uses exposition to give background information about his job and about his views on the british empire. The background information is used to help develop the narrator’s point of view on imperialism and gives the reader an insight as to why the narrator was conflicted about shooting the elephant. Orwell uses diction to emphasize the narrator's reaction in the essay. According to Orwell’s narrator in “Shooting an Elephant “ I had halted on the road. As soon as I saw the elephant I knew with perfect certainty that I ought not to shoot him”( 219). He uses the word halted to show the sudden realization that the narrator had to shoot the elephant. This is effective because while reading the essay it makes you pause for a moment and think about what is happening. The word halted helps get Orwell’s point across that the narrator is conflicted with an issue. Orwell also uses metaphors throughout his essay. According to the narrator in “Shooting an Elephant” “peacefully eating ,the elephant looked no more dangerous than a cow” (Orwell 219). Orwell uses a metaphor to compare the elephant to a cow to show that the elephant didn’t look harmful. The quote helps establish the narrator’s view that he shouldn’t shoot the
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