Was George Orwell Justified In Shooting An Elephant

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English 101 George Orwell Report October 8, 2013 Civil Duties A Closer look at George Orwell’s “ Shooting an Elephant” Growing up in a third world country is quite difficult. Since you do not have much of anything, you will have to find happiness in the little things so to speak. For an example seeing an elephant around can bring some joy to you. You will never expect to seeing one of these gentle giant to go on a murderous rampage. If you ever see an elephant kill someone from your community and then the death of the majestic beast it will always be a black day in your past. George Orwell was justified in shooting the elephant due to the elephant’s temperament, the legality of Orwell act, and the aftermath of the elephant’s death. Orwell’s uses of deadly force was justified by the elephant’s temper and the research of an elephant ‘s three stages of musth. According to Dr. K. Radhakrishna Kaimal, the first stage is pre-musth. In this stage is where the mahout will chain up the elephant in preparation of the next…show more content…
There are four things that the elephant did in the bazaar that greatly effected the community. It started with a hut being destroyed. Then the elephant killed a cow and ate their fruit. This caused a great lost of food for the Burmese population. After that it flipped over a garbage truck, it being a third world country it was not the cleanest place already. The last and worst is that the elephant killed someone and children witnessed it. It caused even tension since " It had been chained up, as tame elephants always are when their attack of “must” is due, but on the previous night it had broken its chain and escaped. Its mahout, the only person who could manage it when it was in that state, had set out in pursuit, but had taken the wrong direction and was now twelve hours' journey away, and in the morning the elephant had suddenly reappeared in the town.” (Orwell

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