Rhetorical Analysis On"Shooting An Elephant"

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Orwell’s Persuasive Opinions How far would you go to avoid looking like a fool? Many of us would do a whole lot of things but I don’t think we would go as far as shooting an elephant. George Orwell wrote an essay in 1936 called “Shooting an Elephant,” in this essay through an incident with an elephant that happened to Orwell one day on the job, he tries to convey to his readers that “imperialism was an evil thing and the sooner I chucked up my job and got out of it the better ” (Orwell). This essay started out in Moulmein, in lower Burma where Orwell was a sub-divisional police officer of the town. Orwell uses the symbolic irony of the situation to compare the elephant to the downfall of imperialism. Orwell is very successful in convincing his audience through his own personal accomplishments, pathos, imagery, and symbolic irony that not only is imperialism hurtful and wrong towards the Burmese, it also demeans the ones having to implement imperialism. Orwell establishes personal creditability by his other personal accomplishments. He was a well renounced English author and journalist, two of his top accomplishments are the novels “1984” and “Animal Farm”. 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

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