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“Shooting an Elephant” is a record of Orwell’s attitude towards imperialism. In the essay, he points out some negative impacts of imperialism. During his tenure as a sub divisional police officer in Moulmein, in lower Burma under the British rule, Orwell had had some bitter experience about imperialism. He observed a kind of perpetual enmity between the British rulers and the native Burmese. The Burmese people used to tease the British whenever they got a chance while the British tried to oppress them with force. As a police officer, Orwell was an obvious target of the natives, though in mind he was ‘all for the Burmese and all against their oppressors, the British’. In a job like...
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