Peer-Pressure In 'Shooting An Elephant And Salvation'

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Brian Ramos ENG 101 1/26/2012 Essay # 3 In “Salvation,” Langston Hughes talks about himself as a young twelve year old boy who wanted “salvation” and who desperately wanted to see Jesus. However; he often found himself in a position where he felt disappointment. In “Shooting an Elephant,” George Orwell shares his experience as a colonial official who felt obligated to shoot a rogue elephant while he really did not want to. The difference between both stories is that in “Shooting an Elephant” the narrator explains that in his case, peer-pressure made his situation feel like an obligation; while in “Salvation” the narrator describes his situation more in a sense of obedience. However; in both stories the narrators have similarities as well.…show more content…
In “Salvation” Hughes emphasizes on how the Minister, his aunt and even the congregation was surrounding him: “my aunt came and knelt at my knees and cried, while prayers and songs swirled all around me in the little church. The whole congregation for me alone, in a mighty wail of moans and voices (180).” Then the minister and aunt put more pressure on him by making him the center of attention. The minister was saying directly to him “Why don’t you come? My dear child, why don’t you come to Jesus? Jesus is waiting for you. He wants you. Why don’t you come? (180).” His aunt adds on with tears: “Langston, why don’t you come? 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. It was to protect him and not to kill the elephant. The narrator explains his feelings as: “It made me vaguely uneasy (287).” And he goes on saying “it was unnerving to have a crowd following you (287).” He felt pressured with everyone watching

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