Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

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How does Orwell present British imperialism in his essay "Shooting an Elephant"?

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In "Shooting an Elephant," Orwell's narrator shows the problems with British imperialism. He argues that it is an evil system that hurts everyone involved in it.

First, it harms the native Burmese who are caught under the harsh thumb of British rule. He discusses how, as an imperial police officer, he saw the "dirty work" of Empire up close in the "cowed faces" and "scarred buttocks" of the Burmese prisoners.

Second, he talks about the dehumanizing effect...

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