Shooting an Elephant

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Is society accounted for the actions of a single person? In the passage “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell I feel that Orwell was not justified for shooting the elephant but who was pressured into killing it by the power of the people. The people who George Orwell was supposed to be rulling, ruled him. Orwell did not want to shoot the elephant but the feelings he had and the way he was mistreated by the people of Burma he had no choice but to listen to them. “As soon as I saw the elephant perfect certainty that I ought not to shoot him” When Orwell saw the elephant for the first time he knew that it wasn’t being dangerous, it was peacefully eating grass. Orwell did not intend on shooting the elephant but the huge crowd that was behind him they were all filled with happy faces and excitement that the elephant was going to be shot. This is where society took over Orwell; the Burman people did not like him he was always hated by them because he was an officer of the British Empire but since Orwell had a rifle in his hand, to them he was worth watching and made him realize he had to shoot the elephant. His belief that he had to do this doesn’t jusitfy him on killing the elephant because he knew the elephant wasn’t doing any harm at that moment but he went on did what the Burman people wanted him to do. The Burman people kept on provoking Orwell to shoot the elephant. “I could feel their two thousand wills pressing me forward, irresistbly” Orwell felt as if he was being over powerd by their will to shoot the elephant, which motivated him that he really had to shoot the elephant. He knew in reality he was an only a puppet, as a white man he had to impress the natives so he had to do what the natives except of him. Many thoughts came through Orwells mind while he stands thier with the rifle in his hands “A sahib has to act like a sahib; he has got to appear
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