Shooting an Elephant Analysis

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“Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell brings up a good question, what will a person do to not look foolish? This essay is an account of the author time spent living in Burma. Burma is a country in Southeast Asia and this was the time when the British Empire ruled most of the known world. The author is an Englishman so he was hated by all the locals. He hated his job because he worked for the government. He despises imperialism and wants to quite but has not. This essay is an account of a controversial decision he made while living there. He is called about an elephant that has gone “must” and is loose in the village. “Must” is when male elephant is sexually active and extremely violent, so it is dangerous for it to be around people. The elephant does eventually kill a man in the street. The man’s mangled body lay in the mud with his back skinned off. “The friction of the great beast's foot had stripped the skin from his back as neatly as one skins a rabbit.”(Orwell). The danger this elephant brought to the people was evident. The author did not have the intention at first to kill the elephant but brought an elephant rifle for protection. This caused people to follow out of curiosity. The elephant was now peacefully grazing in some fields as the author approaches. Seeing the animal so peaceful made him question what to do next. Because he was carrying a gun the locals thought he was going to shoot the beast. Thousands of people gathered there because they thought of it as entertainment. “They were watching me as they would watch a conjurer about to perform a trick.” (Orwell). They came for a show. The author has spent the entire time he has lived there trying not to get laughed at and look like a fool. Now he had a chance to either please the people around him or look like foolish to them. After debating this to himself he took shots at the elephant. After the
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