Do you agree with Orwell's presentation of the East in "Shooting an Elephant"?

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linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a very subjective question, meaning that it is asking for your opinion. Only you can answer this question convincingly. If I gave you my opinion, it would be just that: my opinion.

That said, let me give you some help in forming your opinion. Read the eNotes section on themes (linked below). The major themes of the story are conscience, culture clash, order and disorder, and prejudice and tolerance. You should get a lot of useful information here. Another theme that is not mentioned there is the issue of colonialism. The Burmese people resent the narrator because heĀ represents the British government, which was in control of Burma in the story. The narrator also resents colonialism, mainly because of the way it makes people react to him.

Also take a look at the discussion of characters (linked below). That shoudl help you understand how the narratorĀ and the Burmese people feel toward one another.

I hope this helps you.

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