Shooting an Elephant

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Shooting an Elephant

In “Shooting an Elephant”, Orwell uses many components in his writing to help his readers see that bad things that happen. The two main obvious components used by Orwell include imagery and gruesome descriptions of what is going on in the story. Each, were used to make everything seemingly seem worse than what it really would have been. Imagery is a literature component that is used to paint an image in the readers mind describing something or someone in an over exaggerated and creative way. In the case of Shooting and Elephant, it is more or less used to persuade the readers that something is worse than it seems. For example, imagery is used to describe the people who make his policing job nearly impossible by portraying them as “evil-spirited beasts”. Simply, it means that they are menaces and troublemakers; however the imagery here compares them to the extreme as evil spirits. Orwell’s usage of gruesomeness was intended to show the bad things of the story and make it nearly impossible for a reader not to take notice of what is going on. The narrator not only tells us that a Dravidian coolie was brutally murdered by the elephant; he also describes the moments and takes it to the extreme. For example, he describes the dead body to being crucified and skinned like a rabbit by the elephant when simply that it is not possible and the logical thing is that the person may have been hit or stepped on. In conclusion, Orwell uses imagery and gruesomeness in this passage to demonstrate the bad things that happen. His words make everything seem worse than it seems as a technique to get the readers involved and paint the image of an event.
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