In the classic essay "Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell, the narrator, presumably Orwell himself, works as a police officer in Moulmein, a city in Burma, during the era of the British Raj. He receives orders to track down a rampaging elephant. He eventually shoots it, but he thinks that killing the elephant is unnecessary, and its suffering grieves him.
Orwell makes his sentiments clear early in the essay. He sympathizes with the Burmese and feels that the imperialism of the British is evil.
For at that time I had already made up my mind that imperialism was an evil thing and the sooner I chucked up my job and got out of it the better. Theoretically—and secretly, of course—I was all for the Burmese and all against their oppressors, the British. As for the job I was doing, I hated it more bitterly than I can perhaps make clear.
He then explains in more detail the guilt that he feels when he sees Burmese prisoners in filthy lock-ups, their buttocks scarred from beatings with bamboo...
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