Compare and contrast "Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell and "Once More to the Lake" by E. B. White.

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I will begin with contrasting these two pieces, as it would be, on the surface, hard to find two essays that seem more dissimilar. White's "Once More to the Lake" focuses on a private domestic episode: the return of a man as an adult to a lake vacation site he visited as a child and the changes the years have wrought both in the place and, more importantly, in him. Orwell 's "Shooting the Elephant" is an overtly political piece, focused on exposing the systemic evils of imperialism and the way it damages everyone involved, including the...

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