Compare and Contrast Dillard and Orwell
Recreating Childhood/Young Adult events is the thread that ties “Shooting an Elephant” and “The Chase” together. The two narrators lay out their personal stories with both setting up a climatic ending through their unique way of personal story telling. They recreate their events and explain their emotions and what they both felt at the time. Both stories do a great job of personally connecting to their readers. Orwell discusses his feelings about imperialism in a straightforward manner and Dillard uses the chase scene to represent her struggle between her actions and the results of her actions. Although there are similar coming age stories and situations in Shooting an Elephant by Orwell and The Chase by Annie Dillard, there are also distinctions which allow the characters to stand on their own and realize that their views of adulthood and the adult world are much different.
These characters do crazy moves to get a certain group or person to finally give them respect. Orwell despises his situation in life, and when he is faced with a moral dilemma, a valuable work animal has to die to save his pride. Dillard This overwhelming illustration of the chase builds up the impact of capture as she breaks the rules and years for self discovery. Dillard focuses on the successful feelings of her childhood and chase decision instead of the fright or embarrassment that Orwell depicted with his predicament.
Orwell is an unhappy young policeman who lives in mental seclusion. He hates British imperialism, he hates Burmese natives, and he hates his job. He is completely alone with his thoughts since he cannot share his idea that "imperialism was an evil thing" with his countrymen. Dillard is a carefree tom boy that also lives alone in her thoughts only her thoughts are sassy, as she states that she would have died happy if the man chasing her would have killed her. Very opposite feelings of the end results of each story had by the...