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Shooting an Elephant
Updated: 3/18/2020
Shooting an Elephant
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  • "Shooting an Elephant"
  • During the 20th century, the country Burma which has evolved to be Myanmar was under a period of British empirical rule. George Orwell was born into a different province of the British-Indian empire and joined the British police force in Burma. However, Orwell was not at all like his fellow Brits as he saw the injustice  of the rule. Orwell wrote about one of his experiences in Burma titled , "Shooting an Elephant". In his piece Orwell argues that in a power over people
  • relationship, there is an underlying level of self, internalized oppression which leads people to do things they do not want to do. He explains his perspective toward the system in Burma, "And my whole life, every white man's life in the East, was one long struggle not to be laughed at," (Orwell 139-140). Clearly Orwell feels as if he is held to a constant standard to be all ways above the Burmese as their oppressor to maintain their respect. Without their respect, the power
  • dynamic would not remain in favor of the Brits. The need to remain respected proved to develop into a form of internalized critique and pressures which ultimately would be the defining factor of Orwell's killing of the rampant elephant. Orwell clearly wants to call attention to this form of oppression which is not as black and white as simply the Brits' reign in Burma. Orwell wants to unveil the struggle of feeling forced into toughness out of the double sided oppression under the British
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