Shooting an Elephant

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Shooting an elephant written by George Orwell brings to light the evil of imperialism. Being a police officer in the lower Burma, Orwell hated his job. The reason was because the people in Burma ridiculed, insulted and laughed at him whenever they felt safe to do so. Orwell opposed imperialism, and thus was able to feel the hatred of the people of Burma, but still resented them. The story starts with Orwell receiving a phone call about a tame elephant destroying bazaar. He carried with him an old rifle in order to scare off the elephant. After questioning a couple of Burmans he came to know that the tame elephant doesn’t usually go wild but it’s in the ‘must’ period that it becomes intensely violent. Going further ahead down the road he comes across a corpse of a Burmese man trampled by the elephant. The situation elevated from there he ordered for an elephant rifle –still not with the aim of shooting it-from a friend’s house along with five cartridges. Orwell finds the “wild” elephant in a very peaceful manner standing in a field. The crowd seeing the rifle followed him and started cheering expecting him to shoot the elephant. He repeatedly kept mentioning that he did not want to shoot the elephant. Orwell was in a position that if he did not fulfill the expectation of the crowd he would be mocked and ridiculed and thus the will of not killing the elephant was overruled by the expectation of the people. The gun shots given to the elephant made it reach its death and after half an hour the elephant decided to give in. Orwell, unable to bear the slow death of the elephant decided to depart from there. The elephant‘s owner was very furious but being a colonized country the Indian owner’s appeal wasn’t taken into account ,the fact that the elephant killed a coolie during its ‘must’ period gave Orwell the legal right to shoot it Although Orwell is knowledgeable what is happening and the consequence of the action maybe both in term of the immediate scene and his...
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