“Should I shoot the elephant or should I not?” or “Will I lose face with these people if I don’t shoot the elephant?” Orwell was the kind of person that did not have a very high self-esteem. He did not have his ducks in a row, so to speak. Hence, Orwell wasn’t one to function under pressure. He would give in to what he thought the people of Burma wanted, not to what he wanted. But secretly inside he hated the environment in which he lived, he hated the imperialistic government in which resided in Burma, and he hated the residents of Burma.
He emphasizes his “intolerable sense of guilt” (313), but also his contradictory hatred of the Burmese, those “evil-spirited little beasts” (314), as well as his callous disregard for the native man killed by the elephant (319). When Orwell reveals he was “glad” over this death, since it protected him from legal action from the elephant’s owner, this detail is typical of how the author generalizes from his own earlier experience to that of other colonizers: the young Orwell’s callousness shows his personal degradation, but since his reaction is shared by all the young white colonizers, his reaction is clearly produced by the inhuman system they are all trapped within (319). The essay’s causal development and personal detail lead naturally to Orwell’s conclusions, which arise out of his shooting of the elephant. When Orwell finds himself with 2,000 Burmese villagers standing behind him, a rifle in his hands, the now-quiet elephant in front of him, he knows there is no reason to the shoot the animal, but he does so, realizing that it is he who is dominated and subjugated, not the colonized. He shoots the elephant, he says later, to
Rhetoric in Shooting an Elephant In the story Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell, he uses an incident were he illustrates how imperialism affected more than just the people that were governed but also the ones who governed and why their real motives weren’t really what it seemed. Orwell uses an adequate amount of rhetoric in his writing and makes the reader feel that they were there when the incident took place because of Orwell’s use of specific examples and clear language. He applies different rhetorical devices to conclude that “when the white man turns tyrant, it is his own freedom he destroys.” Throughout his essay he seems to explain what happens to him, a sub-divisional police officer of Moulemein, in a minor incident and how it made him realize that he lost his own freedom and thinks that he is controlled and how imperialism changed his way of thinking. Orwell uses antithesis in Shooting an Elephant because in the text he claims to be secretly on the side of the Burmese and against their oppressors, the British. But he is one of those oppressors because he works for the British, but he also feels oppressed with guilt by seeing the torture they bring to these people.
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.
The first verse suggests a departure from life, metaphorically beginning a journey across a cemetery. Many metaphors are used in the first part of this poem such as the “Ivy” being man. The Ivy kind of represents a hero, mainly because it goes through three stages in this poem, departure, fulfillment, and return. In this stage the departure the Ivy is very lonely beginning his journey. Dickens reveals that he’s very lonely by using personification in telling us “in his cell so lone and cold” (L-4) and “the wall must be crumbled, the stone decayed, to pleasure his dainty whim” (L-5,6.)
“It is the texts that passionately and intelligently engage with the changing reality of their period that we value most highly.” Write an essay in which you explore the extent to which this is true of the texts you have studied in your elective. (Two Plath poems, one additional text) The texts that passionately and intelligently engage with the changing reality of their period are the texts that challenge society’s views. They become the texts we value most highly as they make us question old values and progress in our ways of thinking as a society. The most highly valued texts are the ones that change opinions – that make people understand different perspectives and see issues in new ways. Sylvia Plath was a poet and author who deeply and thoughtfully engaged with the period in which she lived, which was rapidly evolving and developing.
Orwell refers to himself as being “young and ill-educated and I had had to think out my problems in the utter silence that is imposed on every Englishman in the East,” (Orwell) but according to Peter Firchow “even though Orwell had joined the Imperial Indian Police, thereby making an apparently overt anti-intellectual choice rather than go to university, as most of his classmates at Eton did, he was definitely not uneducated or even unsophisticated” (Firchow, 81). “Shooting an Elephant” was written in the first person point of view, which I feel makes the writer and the
He understands that the will of the crowd demands the death of the elephant despite his unwillingness to shoot the animal. Conflict The narrator’s inner struggle of shooting an elephant, He has to choose between being laughed of and being seen as a fool or shooting an elephant which he does not intend to do. Style The essay exhibits a certain structure, which is very notable. That of meditation and action; it starts with reflection, tells part of the story, reflects further, offers its climax, and then ends with a final reflection. Broken up by the narrator’s reflections on the events he is remembering.
Mara Mermigos Ms. Shula AP English Language and Composition 15 September 2014 Pathos: The Key to People’s Support Pathos, by definition, is a quality that evokes emotion. The use of pathos is very common in writing speeches, as well as stories or novels. Writers often use this to appeal to the emotions of their readers. By using pathos, writers are able to control the emotional response of the audience. A big part of effectively using pathos is knowing what type of audience the writer is presenting to; if one can properly connect with their audience, the audience will develop a personal bond, resulting in an increase of support.
In the end Orwell reluctantly decides to shoot the elephant “solely to avoid looking a fool” (479) in front of the Burmese people. Living in Burma, Orwell tells the reader how the locals despise the European oppressors in their communities, jeering, spitting, and, mocking, in attempts to annoy and embarrass the British whenever possible. This hatred expressed in front of Orwell causes him equal animosity towards the Burmese people and his own country, Great Britain. Orwell feels the British are the oppressors saying at on point “I was all for the Burmese and all against their oppressors,