INTRODUCTON -Attention Getter: Have you ever wondered what the punishment would be for an animal if it killed a human being? Should it be given a death penalty like human murderers in fear that it would kill again? Should it be deemed a simple accident? People living in Kingsport, Tennessee had to make this decision in 1916 when a 5 ton elephant killed her trainer. -Statement of Purpose: In this speech I am going to tell you the story of Murderous Mary and the day the hung the elephant.
Orwell feels like an outcast rebel, he wants the Burmese to stand up against the British Empire. Young Orwell sets the tone of how he is torn between doing his job and doing what was morally and ethically right. (shooting the elephant or letting it live) 3. Some analogies that Orwell uses are: the elephant looked no more dangerous than a cow, grandmotherly. They watched me like a conjurer about to perform a trick.
“Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell brings up a good question, what will a person do to not look foolish? This essay is an account of the author time spent living in Burma. Burma is a country in Southeast Asia and this was the time when the British Empire ruled most of the known world. The author is an Englishman so he was hated by all the locals. He hated his job because he worked for the government.
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.
Hope B. Torres Prof. Thomas Bland English 151 September 23, 2014 Shooting an Elephant vs. Mexicans Deserve More Than La Mordida Shooting an Elephant and Mexicans Deserve More Than La Mordida are two essay that are being written to argue and make a point about important topics, the British Imperialists and “La Mordida” in Mexico. They are telling a story in which they both had to make decisions in being a part of something that, really, wasn't a good thing; shooting an elephant or giving the police money - they both caved into peer pressure. Both writers persuade us by using three types of appeals; ethos, pathos and logos. Both authors start off by introducing their backgrounds, this helps us with an idea of what the essay will be about. By using this way of introduction we are able to know the character and therefore, we are able to trust them and know that they are accredited.
In the two readings, Journal of the First Voyage to America and Shooting an Elephant, the authors, Christopher Columbus and George Orwell, had two very different views of the inhabitants of the locations they were in with Columbus being in San Salvador and Orwell being in Burma. The cause of the different views could be that where Orwell was he had been living with them and had to deal with all of their insults and criticisms because he was a British policemen who was there to enforce all of the rules established by Britain in the area and this caused many people to fear and despise him because of his job. But, in the location where Columbus was he was just visiting the land and was there to befriend the peoples so that they would have good
In the last decade, there have been numerous cases of stampeding elephants in Africa that are destroying villages. In some cases these elephants are engaging in intercourse with rhinos. This postulate derives from the slaughter of the elder male elephants being continuously hunted. As a result, male calves are acting out of their innate instinct because the elders have been massacred. If the natural order of nature is forsaken, the next generation of people will study the bones of the extinct elephant.
Why don’t you come and be saved? Oh, Lamb of God! Why don’t you come? (180).” In “Shooting an Elephant” Orwell illustrates the peer-pressure put on him by explaining the number of people following him. He first starts by saying: “As I started forward practically the whole population of the quarter flocked out of the houses and followed me (287).” The crowd misunderstood him when he was holding the gun.
1. Compare and contrast the conflicts faced by Orwell in “Shooting an Elephant” to those faced by Gideon in “No Witchcraft for Sale.” To what unique revelation does Orwell’s position as a police officer lead him? How can Gideon’s ultimate decision not to share his knowledge be interpreted as an act of rebellion and an assertion of the dignity and worth of his culture? Answer: Orwell's conflict was in shooting the elephant, and Gideon's was in sharing the medicinal secret that cured Teddy's eyes. Though both characters' conflict was similar in that truly the conflict was in how each of them felt.
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.