Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

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How does the Burmese crowd react when they see Orwell approach the elephant with his rifle?

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Orwell begins his essay "Shooting an Elephant" with a memorable statement of his unpopularity as an Imperial police officer in Burma:

In Moulmein, in lower Burma, I was hated by large numbers of people—the only time in my life that I have been important enough for this to happen to me.

Throughout the essay, he emphasizes that he was hated by the Burmese as a representative of the occupying Imperial power and therefore subjected to constant petty annoyances by the resentful people. The nearest he can approach to popularity is by shooting the elephant, which by the...

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