Summary Of George Orwell's Essay Shooting An Elephant

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George Orwell’s essay, Shooting an Elephant, describes an experience he had while serving as a Indian Imperial Police officer in the British Empire of colonial Burma. He tells the story of the day he received a “better glimpse into the nature of imperialism” when an elephant was “ravaging the bazaar” (814). The essay reveals a group of Burmese people are eager for Orwell to shoot the elephant even though he does not wish to. He realizes that his role as a police officer in colonial Burma asked him to act in a way that was contrary to his personal beliefs of right and wrong and demonstrates this in the essay. Shooting an Elephant relates to the issue of imperialism and the consequences of colonization not only to those being colonized but those
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