Theme Of Shooting An Elephant

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In “Shooting an Elephant,” George Orwell gives his opinion on imperialism when he says, “I was hated by large numbers of people—the only time in my life that I was I have been important enough for this to happen to me. I was sub-divisional police officer of the town, and in an aimless, petty kind of way anti-European feeling was very bitter” (1). The main sentences in his first paragraph indicate the terrible way of imperialism and its bit-by-bit destructive consequences for both sides of the condition. His job handling with the Burmese gave him a closer look view of “the dirty work of Empire” and gave him an unbearable sense of guilt. Orwell knew he was stuck with hatred for the empire that he severed and his wrath against the people who made his job tougher. One day, Orwell gets a call about an elephant that has lost control and begins destroying somebody’s…show more content…
It has swelled to more than two thousand individuals, every one of who are energetically hoping to see the elephant 's destruction. Orwell feels just as he is a performer entrusted with engaging them, and understands that he is currently constrained to shoot the elephant. Orwell still telling himself he does not want to kill the elephant. He compares the elephant to a grandmother so precious and peaceful, killing it would be murder. After thinking about killing the elephant, Orwell lies on the ground and aims for the elephant’s head and fires. When he shot the first bullet he head a roar of excitement from the crowd behind him. As he glances at the elephant he notices it did not go down; therefore, Orwell sends in two more rounds making the elephant collapse to the ground. The elephant was still breathing in pain so Orwell fires two more shots where he thinks the heart would be but did nothing to the creature. He receives his small rifle and shot everything he had left but the elephant remained