The essay is written in two tenses: past and present. What effect does this have on its telling?  

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George Orwell's essay, "Shooting an Elephant" is an addendum to his work, Burmese Days, a novel on the colonialism of Great Britain.  As such, it is concerned with the incident in which Orwell felt obligated to shoot a rogue elephant, while at the same time there are reflections on the dilemmas of existing colonialism that continue to surround him.  For instance, in the second paragraph, Orwell writes that he was in favor of " the wretched Burmese," but he could get nothing into perspective:

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