But this is not what he would prefer to do. After he finds the big elephant he have gather a big audience of the locals that all are excited to see what he is going to do. He can feel that they would like him to shot the animal and he also starts to think that this could be an opportunity for him to get some popularity among the locals. So he decides to use all his bullets to shot the elephant, but the big animal is still not dead. This results in that the elephant gets a slow and very painful death.
He knows that his rifle will not kill the elephant, but after learning of the damage the elephant has done, he decides to borrow an elephant rifle. As he proceeds to look for the destructive animal, he spots it in a field peacefully eating grass and harming no one. He does not want to shoot the elephant, but when he sees the large crowd that followed him, he feels obligated to appease them. Against his moral belief, he decides to shoot the elephant. The animal does not die immediately and, not being able to bear to see the animal suffer, the policeman leaves.
For the second stanza, literally the poet told us that first blind come closer to the elephant and begun to fall before to reach it. He touches the elephant body and describe it firm as a wall. For the third stanza, the second blind men make a move and feel the elephant tusk. He cried when touched it because of his own excitement towards the elephants characteristic. The second blind men described that the elephant is very sharp and smooth same as a spear.
The mood of the piece is set when Orwell renders the setting as a “cloudy, stuffy morning at the beginnings of the rains.” His tone of speech in turn is thought to be weak and discomforting. He established the fact that his character is weak when the Burma people are introduced and how they laugh and mock him, the British officer. The tension of discovering the elephant is a metaphor itself showing the destructive power of imperialism: the elephant’s rampaging spree of destruction and even killing a man whom Orwell described to have been in pain. Finally finding the elephant, Orwell states “I knew with perfect certainty that I ought not to shoot him.” Laying eyes upon the followers shadowing him, he changes his stance to “…but I did not want to shoot the elephant.” This is when Orwell begins to state how immoral and wrong it was to shoot the elephant. Despite many reasons to not shoot the elephant, such as how it’s more valuable alive rather than dead, or his state of being a “poor shot,” he end up falling into the expectations of the Burma people.
Jade Paul Dr. Jackson AP Lang Period 7 15 September 2013 Murder For The Purpose of Image By the end of George Orwell’s essay, “Shooting an Elephant”, Orwell being a police officer representing the imperialistic government, makes a final decision to kill an elephant that has caused destruction throughout a village in Burma. Orwell was not respected by the people he was protecting and in his mind he was trying to keep peace throughout the village, but instead created a disturbance by being in Burma. The people look at Orwell as someone coming from the British government to contain the people and make sure violence and resistance does not outbreak. Orwell tries to change this image of himself in their eyes by killing the elephant but in reality it just inserted more fear into the people. The elephant was used as a display to the people that they should fear Orwell and his authority to intimidate the people.
A crisis arose in which he was faced with a hard decision to make. An elephant had gone on a rampage in the village and had destroyed countless huts and even killed a man. When Orwell came upon the elephant, it was clear to him that it had calmed down and that the elephant would cause no more harm to anyone. Orwell was faced with a decision to either shoot the beast or wait until his master returned to get him. However, this decision was made much more complicated.
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.
The free access to weapons makes the life of the hunters easy. “In the 1970s, the global demand for ivory threatened to make the elephant extinct. Poachers, with access to automatic weapons derived from civil wars and international arms sales, were killing herds of elephants faster than ever before. From 1970 to 1985, the total elephant population of Africa decreased by half.” Also in 2002 the largest shipment of illegal ivory was seized by authorities in Singapore, it consisted of 532 elephant tusks and more than 40,000 cut pieces of ivory. Also, the demise of elephants can be attributed mostly to loss of its habitat.
On January 21, 1950 Orwell died from tuberculosis (Abcarian 1406). Among his many accomplished works is the non-fictional story, “Shooting an Elephant,” which boldly established his stand on imperialism. This story is of the time when Orwell went to Burma and served in the Indian Imperial Police as an assistant superintendent in 1922 since he lacked means to attend an university (Abcarian 1406). During the time of imperialistic rule, the great empires dominated many subordinate countries to exploit their resources. These European empires believed it was, “the white man’s burden” to civilize the people they called heathens and savages of these countries.
Deprived of social interaction. These elephants go on to be the ones you see in circuses, or painting those pictures, or in those trekking camps in the jungle. In these “jobs,” the elephants are often chained up, prodded with bullhooks, and sometimes even shot with slingshots. Other “trained” elephants go into the illegal logging trade, which is perhaps the worst fate for an elephant; many die young from broken backs and other injuries. The baby elephants are then beaten into submission with clubs, pierced with sharp bull-hooks, and simultaneously starved and deprived of sleep for many days.