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Peer Pressure (An Analysis Of “Shooting An Elephant” And “No Witchcraft For Sale”)

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A high school student can be asked the question on when peer pressure has been an influence in their lives, to the point where they have done something stupid because of it. If any high school student were asked this question, the majority of the answers would be “yes”, myself being on that would answer yes. Peer pressure is not just a high school situation. It has always had its effect on people throughout the history of mankind. Such as in Orwell’s story, “Shooting an Elephant” where peer pressure takes a man to shoot a harmless creature; or in Lessing’s story, “No Witchcraft for Sale” when the black cook Gideon has to make a choice whether to give up an ancient cure to his white ...view middle of the document...

A solution Orwell could have taken was explaining to the people why the way the elephant acted. Orwell could have used methods of sedation to bring the elephant down and calmed the beast for a while rather than shooting it.
The other text by Doris Lessing entitled, “No Witchcraft for Sale” shows the pressures put on a black man to give a cure to a white population. A small white boy nicknamed “Teddy” was out riding on his scooter when a venomous snake spit its venom into the young boy’s eye. With the fear of becoming blind, the family slave, Gideon, remembers a special herbal medicine that would cure the boy’s potential blindness. After Gideon cures the boy’s sight with his special tribal herbal medicine, a local British scientist want Gideon to show him how and what he used in the medicine. However, after leading the scientist around for several miles, he gives up and leaves Gideon, in which way Gideon has kept his tribal medicine a secret. The peer pressure faced by Gideon against the white British scientist would have been a great pressure to overcome. However, did Gideon do the right thing? Could have his medication, if given to the scientist, save hundreds or even thousands of people’s eyesight? Gideon should have, for the greater good, given his medicine to the scientist for the benefits of others.
Between the two texts of “Shooting an Elephant” and “No Witchcraft for Sale” the text by George Orwell “Shooting an Elephant” was less justified that of “No Witchcraft for Sale”. When it comes down to it, Orwell could have had several options out besides shooting the elephant. Using sedatives or even trapping the beast would have been better than killing it. Even in the process of killing the elephant which the story states, “it took him half an hour to die”...

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