Shooting an Elephant Essay

820 WordsMar 11, 20134 Pages
Shooting an Elephant A price is payed to save oneself from humiliation. But, Being pressured into doing something that one doesn't want to do gets that someone lost and feels pushed into a big problem. In the story "Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell, he himself goes through a struggle in being the one to shoot an Elephant. In the beginning he knew what he had to do to get things done because if he didn’t he has to pay the price of being laughed at from the Burmese people that surrounded him, since he is an imperial police. Throughout the story, Orwell uses rhetorical tools such as: metaphors, connotation, and irony to give his readers a better perspective in what's going on in the story. Seeing things in a different form can help understand readers see the relationship between these tools and his experience. First of all, George Orwell use the rhetorical tool metaphor in story. In the story “Shooting an Elephant” Orwell wrote that “They were watching me as they would watch a conjurer to perform a trick.” This sentence meant that the Burmese that was following behind was waiting for Orwell to shoot the elephant, meaning that if Orwell shoot the elephant then it would be like he was putting on a show since they was watching him. Another metaphor that he use in the story is when he wrote that “seemingly the leading actor of the piece; but in reality I was only an absurd puppet pushed to and fro by the will of those yellow faces behind.” This sentence meant that Orwell was the center of attention because he was being followed by two thousand burmese people waiting for him to kill the elephant that went on a rampage and he was being controlled by the Burmese when he said he was an “absurd puppet.” Another was when wrote “He wears a mask, and his face grows to fit it...” meaning that Orwell pretended that he was strong and powerful, but he really didn’t want to

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