Shooting an Elephant

Shooting an Elephant

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  • "Shooting An Elephant" by George Orwell
  • Many people have experienced an uncomfortable situation where they have to do something they're not entirely enthusiastic about. In Burma, British officers were constantly harassed by the citizens living there. One of these policeman, in "Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell,  has to face a serious choice whether to shoot an elephant or humminilate himself in front of the city.
  • Argument
  • Racism and prejudice is mostly seen in a mental state. Although people can make phyical jeers and comments, it is the affect on the brain that influences how humans respond to that injustice.
  • Since he is a police officer, the main character is assumed to ignore the jeers of the crowd, but he subconsciously gives in as he is afraid of the consequences that will ensue if he does not shoot the elephant.
  • As the narrator is standing with the narrator and the crowd, his thought process quickly fluctuates as he says, "They did not like me, but with the magical rifle in my hands I was momentarily worth watching, I realized I should have to shoot the elephant after all...I had got to shoot the elephant...To come all that way, then to trail feebly away...The crowd would laugh at me. And my whole life...was one long struggle not to be laughed at" (Orwell, 120-140).
  • Says
  • The difference between the narrator wanting to kill the  elephant or not shows the psychological thought process that is affected by injustice. The narrator gets an adrenaline rush as the citizens are cheering him on, Even though he was ridiculed by the citizens,he cannot bear the thought of being humiliated by them either. It's this thought that proves that prejudice creates an underlying physiological thinking that influences peoples' actions.
  • Means/Matters
  • In today's society, people are influenced by everything in their surroundings. This can either be direct or indirect. Even still in 2018, different races have assumptions made about them, like all black people being muggers or Islamic people being terrorists. This thought process needs to end as it has a significant effect on the brain.
  • Conclusion
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