the way we lie
At the beginning of the short story we are told that the narrator is an european police officer in the town of Moulmein. When a person wears a police uniform one assumes many things.The first being that that person can protect us from harm and defend those who are weak. The narrator tries to preserve all these stereotypes in the short story. A stereotype is used to categorize a specific groups of people,although the narrator knows that he isn't a ruthless elephant killing machine he wants people to believe that they are safe around him. For them to think he's a "good" police officer he must kill the elephant regardless of what his initial intent was. because of the crowd gathering around him he doesn't want them to think that he's like any other white police officer, so he kills the elephant knowing that he didn't want to bring any harm to the elephant.