An Analysis of “Shooting an Elephant”

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An Analysis of “Shooting an Elephant” The basic core of imperialism is "colony". In the 19th century, many of European countries were working really hard on colonizing as many other weaker countries as they could. The European countries invaded weaker countries, most of them were the countries in Asia and Africa, violated the sovereignty, so they could control and rule the countries, in short, they colonized. By colonizing, the European countries could get natural resource from the colonies very cheaply, and sell the products from Europe expensively. Furthermore, Europeans sweated the workers from colonies. Many of European countries could get broad territories with this policy, so they call their countries empires. In the time when the imperialism and the British Empire was at its peak, George Orwell was performing obligations as a colonial officer in Burma, and this story draws on Orwell’s experience. In “Shooting an Elephant” George Orwell tells the story of shooting an elephant in Burma as an imperial policeman. The story concerns a colonial officer’s obligation to shoot a rogue elephant. George Orwell utilizes much symbolism to convey his strong anti-colonialist feelings. The situation and events that Orwell describes underscore the hostility between the administrators of the British Empire and their ‘‘native’’. On second paragraph, Orwell states police officer’s conflict: I had already made up my mind that imperialism was an evil thing and the sooner I chucked up my job and got out of it the better. Theoretically--and secretly, of course--I was all for the Burmese and all against their oppressors, the British. As for the job I was doing, I hated it more bitterly than I can perhaps make clear. As a ruler of a colony, Orwell does not support the idea of imperialism; instead, he detests seeing the authority oppressing the natives. In the other hand,
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