Shooting an Elephant

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English 12.
Evgeniya Belim .

“Shooting an elephant”
What would you do when faced with a crowd expected of you to act? In “Shooting an Elephant” George Orwell speaks of human behavior in a critical situation, under the pressure of several factors such as social, political, spiritual factors. The author told the story that took place in Moulmain, in Lower Burma with a sub-divisional police officer during the time when Burma was a British colony. That was a difficult times for both countries. I dare say that it’s not a simple story as it seems. This police officer lived and worked not in his native country, he was in a British colony. Native people hate him; they use every opportunity to jeer at him. This made his life miserable. He was stuck between his hatred of the empire he served and his rage against the evil spirited little beasts who tried to make his job impossible. But one day happened a tiny accident. One of the tame elephants broke its chain and escaped. The elephant was ravaging the bazaar, destroying bamboo huts. And by the time when police officer came to the place where an elephant was, it killed one man. Officer grabbed a rifle on his way to the place of accident, but he didn’t want to shoot an elephant. But while he followed the elephant native crowd had followed him. They were waiting for something to happen; they were looking at officer as he is a conjurer about to perform a trick. Besides, those people were armless and officer had a rifle. Of course he shoot an elephant and killed it. But he did not do it just because he want to be kind of hero. Well everyone wants to be a hero but I think not in the situation like this. This crowd forced him to do so. Officer did not want to shoot the elephant because it is a peaceful animal and native people use it as a labor. But that was a mahouts’ fault, he did not lock it good so elephant came out and behavior itself like an animal, because it is an animal; elephant was looking for food. And by that...
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