Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

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In "Shooting an Elephant," what are at least three arguments that support George Orwell's justification for killing the animal?

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The entire purpose of the essay is that there was no real and sturdy justification for Orwell, or whomever the essay concerns, be they real or fictitious, for shooting the elephant. The murder of the elephant was, in Orwell's own words, every bit as meaningless as the imperial presence of the white man in the East.

However, while the existential reason for killing the beast remains vacuous, there were several immediate reasons that helped the speaker rationalize killing the animal.

  1. The elephant had already killed a man. The beast was undergoing an attack of "must," a term which refers to a huge surge of testosterone that causes large animals to attack and rampage indiscriminately, typically while they are being contained too restrictively. The speaker describes the body of the victim in gruesome detail, and after seeing his mangled form, it is not hard to imagine why it would be prudent to put the elephant down.
  2. He had already sent for an elephant rifle. Orwell originally simply requested...

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