Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

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What are the reasons why orwell does not want to kill the elephant?

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The main character, the colonel policeman, Orwell, is called to the market after a working elephant escaped his handler and killed a man.  The man, a slave, was crushed by the rampaging elephant.  By the time he arrives on the scene, the elephant is calm and has wandered into an open area, away from the market.

The narrator does not want to kill the elephant because now he is calm and poses no threat.  He is a working elephant, very valuable to his master.  He does not want to...

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