In the autumn of 1836, George Orwell, a British author, novelist, essayist, and critic wrote an essay called Shooting an Elephant. In the essay, he describes his experiences as a white British imperial police officer in Burma. The story takes place in British-ruled Burma. This essay portrays Orwell’s discomfort about Imperialism. In shooting an Elephant, Orwell uses different literary techniques to portray the Imperialism collapsing. In this essay Orwell describes his experience of being pressured into shooting an ancient elephant. He graphically describes watching the gigantic creatures’ agony as it slowly dies. the sadistic and dramatic scene of watching an elephant dying, shot by him, but pushed by the Burmanist. The story of Shooting an Elephant is more than the action of just shooting an elephant, it is about the Imperialism. With different literary techniques Orwell take us on a journey to discover that the Imperialism not only has negative impact on those who are being governed under it, but also on those who are in the power to exercise it.
George Orwell was a British author, novelist, essayist, and critic./ In the year of 1836, Orwell wrote the essay Shooting an Elephant./ While working as a police officer for the British Empire in Burma, Orwell experienced on/ an of the event/s that would inspired him to write /one of/ his essay/s. Shooting an elephant explore the strong power that the pressure of the masses have over people. / explore thenegative impact that Imperialism has on those who are being governed under it, but also on those who are in the power to exercise it.
The essay starts with the author working as a police officer for the English empire in the Britain-ruled Burma. Orwell express his exacts feelings against imperialism calling it “an evil”(Orwell,1984.) The author describe his love-hate relationship towards the burmanist people; while he is all about Burmas, sometimes he has the “thought that the greatest joy in the world would be to drive a bayonet into a Buddhist priest's guts.” Orwell give us a peek about the terrible situations/ events/ concecuences/ of the imperialism by describing the scenes that the people of Burma lived, oppressed by the British Empire. In this essay the author lives the conflict, where, pushed by the burmanist he has to kill an elephant that had run violent in lust throughout a village, if he doesn’t he will have to face a population of burmist looking at him as a fool.
This essay can be analyze in two ways from the Imperialism point of view and the peer pressure point of view. This analysis would focus on the peer pressure point of view.
George Orwell’s Shooting an Elephant’s audience, is for the audience that is strongly affected by peer pressure.
One day while he was on his duty, Orwell is informed about the Elephant that had gone wild, and was rampaging the village. The elepahnnt had destroyed somebody's bamboo hut, killed a cow; had turned over and destroyed the municipal’s van....