Shooting An Elephant
Abstract : George Orwell served with the Indian imperial police from 1922 to 1927. He served all five years in Burma. He hated being in Burma. He didn’t agree with the English presence in Burma and he hated how he was treated by local civilians. One afternoon he got a call from the police station saying that an elephant had gotten loose and was wild. He responded to the call and found that the elephant had trampled on and killed a local man. He eventually found the elephant and gained a huge audience excited to see this animal killed. George never wanted to kill the elephant, but he didn’t want to look like a fool so he shot the elephant. This experience taught him the true nature of imperialism

Contextual Connection: Orwell was very descriptive in writing about the elephant dying. You really felt like you could see it. It was sad, I felt like I was reading about a human dying. I would never want to be put in his position. I would not want to kill an elephant, but when there’s 2000 people watching and waiting, that puts quite a lot of pressure on you. I thought it was interesting when Orwell said, “when man turns tyrant it is his own freedom he destroys.” You wouldn’t think that would happen, but when you take charge there are certain things that are expected of you.
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