Response to “Shooting an Elephant” written by George Orwell
There are many controversies in life that people don’t think about until they’re dealing with them head on. For instance, when would you start to worry about paying a bill, the next presidential election, or even how tall you have to be in order to get on a ride at the amusement park? “Shooting an Elephant” written by George Orwell is a personal essay about how George is faced with a problem that puts him in one of these situations. The British were an imperialistic country and they were taking over. George was a British sub-divisional police officer in the town of Lower Burma, Moulmein. George was against imperialism; he believed it was an evil thing and the sooner he got rid of his job the better. One day he was asked by the sub-inspector to take care of a crazed elephant at the other end of town. It’s unfortunate that when he got there he decided, by pressure of a group, to shoot the elephant instead of letting it live. I have been in situations such as this and, over time, I have taught myself how to not give into the complications of life.
Think back to when you were in elementary school. My eighth grade year I remember becoming friends with a girl named Brooke; she had beautiful red hair and freckles everywhere. The only problem was that she was a fan of dressing in black, wearing too much makeup, talking about how much she hates her life, and smoking marijuana. It was easy to influence me, in only a few months Brooke had gotten me to change my wardrobe, dye my hair black and blue, and fix my hair so it would always fall in my face. Luckily, my image was the only thing she changed about me. Just like George, I put my image in the hands of someone else; I gave into group pressure. Unfortunately, I didn’t know that I was ruining my reputation. That was the first time in my life that peer pressure really affected my life and I bettered myself from...