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Orwell argues in “Shooting an Elephant ” that countries lose power went they become imperialist and totalitarian countries. In “Shooting an Elephant ” he gives the main character beliefs and the will to do the right thing. Despite the main character's sympathy for the people he severs, the people still ridicule him. When the protagonist gets the chance to please the people he does it because he does not want to look weak. He is an instrument of the will of the people he severs, just like totalitarian governments. This argument opened my eye about totalitarian rule, but I am not completely convinced it has discussed all the values in this equation. Totalitarians are only the puppet of the majority. So, if the Totalitarian can manipulate the majority, he can subject his will.
Orwell used arguments of heart, of values, of facts, of reason, and then of the character in the sixth paragraph in the listed ...view middle of the document...
It makes me pause to digest each phase before reading on so, I can visualize the scene better.
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Burma name was changed to Myanmar in 1989 after an uprising.
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I think this essay suggests Orwell learned that authority figures are pushed to do what the people they are over wants them to do. Because of this, they give up the power to do what they want and eventually, they will lose their identity to the people they serve.
“As soon as I saw the elephant I knew with perfect certainty that I ought not to shoot him… but...The sole thought in my mind was that if anything went wrong those two thousand Burmans would see me pursued, caught, trampled on, and reduced to a grinning corpse like that Indian up the hill. And if that happened it was quite probable that some of them would laugh. That would never do. There was only one alternative. I shoved the cartridges into the magazine and lay down on the road to get a better aim.”
The protagonist would have been happy to leave to elephant alone, but he viewed himself as a leader to the Indians. The protagonist wanted to look powerful so, he did what he would not have done without the pressure of eyes on him. This reminds me of President Obama’s plan to go to war with Syria after they gassed their people. He made a promise to Syria that if they used gas on people he would act with war. If Obama was not the leader of the free world, he would not feel as much a need to uphold his promise. Since he was, he had to talk to the United Nations to fight battles that would be a lot like the Vietnam War.
I always thought a good writer hast to know all the rules of grammar. Since I know very little grammar, I usually get frustrated when I write. I do not want to show a product that is full of errors and does not get my point across so, I usually put off writing assignments if I do them at all. I do this because I don’t usually like the judgments people conclude about me after reading my writing.
How many classes can a person miss before it results in a reduction of a letter grade?
George Orwell - The Anteater Reader - New York - Pearson Custom Publishing - 2007 - Tenth Ed.