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kathleenrae | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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In "Shooting an Elephant" by Orwell, who is the audience/for whom did Orwell write the essay?

I'm trying to complete a SOAPSTone analysis.  Thanks!

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 25, 2009 at 6:04 AM (Answer #1)

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The main audience for Orwell in writing "Shooting an Elephant" was the English people as a whole.

The point of the essay was to argue that colonialism was a bad system -- that it hurt both the colonized and the colonizers.  He argues that the colonizers lose their integrity and their moral values when they rule over others.

Since he's arguing against colonialism, it makes sense for him to direct his argument at the people who could actually do something to either improve or end colonialism

The people who could do that were the English public.

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