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A Literary Analysis Of The Solutions Used In The Two Texts, Shooting An Elephant, And No Witchcraft For Sale

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Many times in life, people get put into situations in which they have to make some kind of solution to a problem that they are faced with. One example of this is when I was faced with the choice to either call the police or not when I spotted shoplifting in Washington D.C. just the other day. I was just standing there, when I noticed two women scooping stuff into their giant purses and then they ran out of a store. I was in so much shock that I couldn’t say anything; although after the incident happened, I had the choice of either calling the police or not. In relation, there are two texts in this section that deal with people that have to make a choice on making a solution to a problem. In ...view middle of the document...

“I sent for my small rifle and poured shot after shot into his heart and down his throat” (Pg. 1326). This would be considered a bad solution, because the Burma people really need this elephant, and killing it won’t really help much.
Next, the character Gideon in the text, Sale, by Lessing is faced with the decision to give the white scientists the medical knowledge that he knows that saves a little white boy from going blind due to snake venom in the eye. In this text, Gideon is a black man that works with a white family. One day, the little boy Teddy comes screaming saying he got snake venom in his eyes. The family freaks out, but Gideon knows how to fix this, “‘Wait a minute missus, I’ll get some medicine,’” (Pg. 1331) so he jumps into a bush and gets some leaves, chews them up, spits them out, and puts it in Teddy’s eyes, and this cures him from going blind! Later, white scientists want to know Gideon’s secret to curing the boy, so he has to make the decision on whether to tell them or not. To create a solution to this problem, Gideon basically sent the scientists on a wild goose chase to find the plant that he used.
Between the two texts, the more acceptable solution would probably have to be Gideon’s. Gideon’s solution in Sale wasn’t as violent as Orwell’s solution in Elephant....

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