Orwell feels like an outcast rebel, he wants the Burmese to stand up against the British Empire. Young Orwell sets the tone of how he is torn between doing his job and doing what was morally and ethically right. (shooting the elephant or letting it live) 3. Some analogies that Orwell uses are: the elephant looked no more dangerous than a cow, grandmotherly. They watched me like a conjurer about to perform a trick.
We are left at the end wondering if shooting the elephant was really the best action for Orwell to have taken. Did shooting the elephant begin to cut his ties with the imperial force, or with his moral disposition? His ambivalence nonetheless brings out his true character and vulnerability. Furthermore, we see him as a victim, being influenced by “the army” of Burmans, although he in fact is the murderer. This alone shows us the persuasion of ambivalent tone, ironic, but true.
Orwell is a good writer when it comes to imperialism, fascism and communism whereas Rodriquez is well known for his editorial writing on Mexican-American identity, bilingual education, gun control and drugs (The Trans-Canada Writer). Shooting an Elephant is about Orwell confronting the dilemma of having to shoot an elephant in must. Mexicans Deserve More Than La Mordida is about the policemen in Mexico taking advantage of their power asking for “mordidas”; money. George Orwell and Joe
Brian Ramos ENG 101 1/26/2012 Essay # 3 In “Salvation,” Langston Hughes talks about himself as a young twelve year old boy who wanted “salvation” and who desperately wanted to see Jesus. However; he often found himself in a position where he felt disappointment. In “Shooting an Elephant,” George Orwell shares his experience as a colonial official who felt obligated to shoot a rogue elephant while he really did not want to. The difference between both stories is that in “Shooting an Elephant” the narrator explains that in his case, peer-pressure made his situation feel like an obligation; while in “Salvation” the narrator describes his situation more in a sense of obedience. However; in both stories the narrators have similarities as well.
Though both characters' conflict was similar in that truly the conflict was in how each of them felt. Orwell felt conflicted in shooting the elephant because the elephant was not harming anyone. He was under pressure to do the right thing, the right thing being shooting the elephant that had already killed a man, and Orwell was a man of authority. Orwell did shoot the elephant, but Gideon, on the other hand, was conflicted on sharing his medicinal secret to those that only wanted to profit from it, yet he wanted to share his cure because it would help so many people, but he did not. The difference between Orwell's and Gideon's internal conflict was the outcome.
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.
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.
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).
In a cartoon that appeared in Harper's Weekly in 1874, Nast drew a donkey clothed in lion's skin, scaring away all the animals at the zoo. One of those animals, the elephant, was labeled "The Republican Vote. Thomas Nast was responsible for both cartoons. 5.What does the sun above he elephant and the raincloud above the donkey represent? The sun and the raincloud above the animals most likely expresses the aartist's views for the parties.
In the novel by Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants, the major characters all face conflicts. For example, Uncle Al wrestles with the idea that his two-bit circus can make it as good as Ringlings', August struggles with his deep need for control, Marlena' conflict lies with her marriage to August and his disease, and Jacob's conflict is with August and his growing feelings for Marlena. But when the tent goes up and the audience fills the arena, the focus changes to there performances. Here's the only place where all charcters come together -- for the sake of the circus. Then there's Rosie the elepphant and the conflict she brings.