The Movie Dances with Wolves by Kevin Costner and the story Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell are portrayed to have the same connections between the main characters. Lieutenant Dunbar from Dances with Wolves is almost exactly like George Orwell from Shooting an Elephant. The characters connect because they are both officers in the army and both decide to escape from what they know best. Both army officers are telling a story as if it was from a personal journal. Dunbar and Orwell are both considered outsiders by living with Native American people who despised white men such as themselves.
The reason Dunbar decided to disperse from the society that he was living in is because he wanted to be able to see the American planes and interactive with Native American people before it was all destroyed by white men trying to take over the land. As for Orwell, he separated himself because of imperialism upon people and he knew it was best to get away for that life style. As a result of the army officers move they are considered to be aliens on the eyes of the Native American people. The Natives repudiate both officers because the white men are trying to take over their territory, controlling them, as well as killing their family and friends.
Orwell and Dunbar also connect because they are the only people with advanced weapons such as guns who live among the Natives. Guns play a heavy role in both stories. Without Dunbar’s guns in the movie Dances with Wolves the Natives may have lost their battle between another Indian tribe. Orwell connects with Dunbar because if he did not have a gun he would not have been able to shoot the wild Elephant, which could have trampled and killed many people living in the village. At every opportunity Lieutenant Dunbar and George Orwell attempt to impress the Native people. If Dunbar and Orwell were successful the Native may view them different from other white men thereby, gaining respect and trust. The most immense...
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