Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

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How is the narrative entertaining? Discuss what the author does well in telling the story.

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The narrative of "Shooting an Elephant" is compelling and exciting. At the outset of the story, Orwell is riding around patrolling on a pony when an alarm is sounded and a mob forms, frightened by a rampaging elephant. At this moment, the action ramps up drastically, creating an adrenaline-infused rush of excitement as Orwell rides to confront the elephant and is overtaken by the crowd.

It's interesting to watch how Orwell is transformed in the essay, from an officer of the law and leader of the people to a slave of the mob. His firsthand experience of the depravity and flexibility of the human...

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