Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

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How does Orwell feel about the Burmans in "Shooting and Elephant"?

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From his introduction, George Orwell seems to have ambivalent feelings about the Burmese.   On the one hand, he states that he is theoretically and secretly "all for the Burmese and all against their oppressors, the British and he feels an "intolerable sense of guilt" for the "wretched prisoners."   On the other hand, he writes that he feels rage toward the "evil-spirited little beasts who tried to make his job impossible:

With one part of my mind I though of the British Raj as an unbreakable tyranny, as something clamped...

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tsabtahi | Student

orwel demonstrates conflicting emotions towards the natives.'theoratically and secretly' he is compassionate with the burmese natives.like the intense sympathy he displays towards the living and dying elphant.but he has to perform what he is forced to.thus his profession brings him into a position of an oppresor to be hated by the natives.so they mock him in every possible way and do their best to make his 'job impossible'.therefore his rancor towards those 'sneering yellow faces' is also overpowering.

in a word orwel is a mere puppet,but with a compassinate mind, forced to perform beyond his will to hate and to oppress and be hated in return......     

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Orwell felt pressured by the people, almost overwhelmed by their power over him through their mere presence. In theory, he explains at the start of the selection, he“was all for the Burmese and all against their oppressors, the British” (2). But, in reality, he felt the common people of the country were “evil-spirited little beasts who tried to make my job impossible” (2). During the shooting incident, the people were“happy and excited,” he says, and they watched him “as they would a conjurer about to perform a trick.” He resentfully saw himself as having to spend his life “trying to impress the ‘natives’” (7). He reports later that, as he fired a shot, the crowd emitted a “devilish roar of glee” (11). His choice of words shows that he resented and disliked the Burmese.

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