Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

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In "Shooting an Elephant," Orwell recounts his days serving as a police officer in colonial Burma. Which statement would accurately describe his feelings at the time?

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There are several statements you might choose from to demonstrate how Orwell felt about his time as a police officer in colonial Burma. For example,

In the end the sneering yellow faces of young men that met me everywhere, the insults hooted after me when I was at a safe distance, got badly on my nerves.

This first quotation is an example of the anti-European hostility which the Burmese felt for men like Orwell, who they saw as symbols and enforcers of an unwanted colonial regime. The implication of this quotation is that the "sneering" and "hoot(ing)" was ubiquitous and unavoidable. Orwell acknowledges that it "got badly on (his) nerves," and as one reads on, this comes to seem like something of an understatement.

A little later in the text Orwell says that he found the hostility "perplexing and unsettling," all the more so because he "secretly of course . . . was all for the...

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