But this is not what he would prefer to do. After he finds the big elephant he have gather a big audience of the locals that all are excited to see what he is going to do. He can feel that they would like him to shot the animal and he also starts to think that this could be an opportunity for him to get some popularity among the locals. So he decides to use all his bullets to shot the elephant, but the big animal is still not dead. This results in that the elephant gets a slow and very painful death.
Subliminal Imperialism George Orwell immediately opens Shooting An Elephant by first laying down his perspective on British Imperialism. He states that it is corrupt and that he is against the British oppressors. Although a British officer himself at the time in Burma, he feels a obligated hatred and guilt towards not only himself, but his empire, and the “evil-spirited little beasts,” that inhabit it. Because of this, Orwell burdens only hostile feelings toward the British, Imperialism, and Britain's supposed justification for their actions in taking over Burma.In the essay he writes not only of his personal experience and the elephant, but also how metaphorical the experience is to Imperialism. The mood of the piece is set when Orwell renders the setting as a “cloudy, stuffy morning at the beginnings of the rains.” His tone of speech in turn is thought to be weak and discomforting.
A crisis arose in which he was faced with a hard decision to make. An elephant had gone on a rampage in the village and had destroyed countless huts and even killed a man. When Orwell came upon the elephant, it was clear to him that it had calmed down and that the elephant would cause no more harm to anyone. Orwell was faced with a decision to either shoot the beast or wait until his master returned to get him. However, this decision was made much more complicated.
Nevertheless, all that is mentioned in the story is narrated by Orwell’s perspective. Orwell is normally known as an anti-imperialist writer but in the story, he makes us feel in different way because of his manner against native people who are exploited by Orwell’s country. Moreover, Orwell truly worked as an officer in Burma but he wrote the story as an older author. Because of the fact that he served Indian Imperial Police in Burma, his writings about colonialism have intense emotions and knowledge but surely not about colonized people’s pains. Selfishness can easily be felt in “Shooting an Elephant”.
George was a British sub-divisional police officer in the town of Lower Burma, Moulmein. George was against imperialism; he believed it was an evil thing and the sooner he got rid of his job the better. One day he was asked by the sub-inspector to take care of a crazed elephant at the other end of town. It’s unfortunate that when he got there he decided, by pressure of a group, to shoot the elephant instead of letting it live. I have been in situations such as this and, over time, I have taught myself how to not give into the complications of life.
Jade Paul Dr. Jackson AP Lang Period 7 15 September 2013 Murder For The Purpose of Image By the end of George Orwell’s essay, “Shooting an Elephant”, Orwell being a police officer representing the imperialistic government, makes a final decision to kill an elephant that has caused destruction throughout a village in Burma. Orwell was not respected by the people he was protecting and in his mind he was trying to keep peace throughout the village, but instead created a disturbance by being in Burma. The people look at Orwell as someone coming from the British government to contain the people and make sure violence and resistance does not outbreak. Orwell tries to change this image of himself in their eyes by killing the elephant but in reality it just inserted more fear into the people. The elephant was used as a display to the people that they should fear Orwell and his authority to intimidate the people.
He also arranges for Merrick to have a permanent home on the premises of a London Hospital. The film, The Elephant Man, portrays Treves as rescuing Merrick from an afflicted existence in the disheveled wharf district. This is where he was beaten savagely and otherwise abused by his sideshow manager by the name of Bytes. The Elephant Man had many humorous parts and much more emotional bits. The thought of people having so much cruelty inside of them to treat this poor man with so much hatred and deceit, sickens me.
In this poem title The Six Blinds Men of Hindostan, this ancient India folks' story describes six blind men who seek to learn about the mysterious beast known as elephant. What makes it interesting in this poem here is, since none of them cannot see the elephant, they have to feel it by themselves and that lead to misinterpretation. For the first stanza, the poet tries to illustrate that the six blind men have the higher level of determination to learn. The world inclined to define as a tendency which mean refer to their desire to know about the elephant. For the second stanza, literally the poet told us that first blind come closer to the elephant and begun to fall before to reach it.
These European empires believed it was, “the white man’s burden” to civilize the people they called heathens and savages of these countries. However, as Imperialism was broken down, the question of whether or not European conquerors were ever in control remains. In “Shooting an Elephant”, George Orwell first reveals his opposition to imperialism. Then, through the parallels between the British Empire and a Burmese elephant and the action of shooting the elephant, Orwell points out the incomplete control of the British Empire over Burma which also represents the breakdown of imperialism. Although the author was working as a police officer for the British Emperor, he strongly opposed the idea of Imperialism.
He knows that his rifle will not kill the elephant, but after learning of the damage the elephant has done, he decides to borrow an elephant rifle. As he proceeds to look for the destructive animal, he spots it in a field peacefully eating grass and harming no one. He does not want to shoot the elephant, but when he sees the large crowd that followed him, he feels obligated to appease them. Against his moral belief, he decides to shoot the elephant. The animal does not die immediately and, not being able to bear to see the animal suffer, the policeman leaves.