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What is the main point of the essay "Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell?

One could argue that the main point of "Shooting an Elephant" is to show how colonialism corrupts the soul: not just the souls of those who are subject to colonial repression, but also the souls of...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2020 6:28 am UTC

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Shooting An Elephant Thesis

Essays present theses. Narrative essays--describing a personal experience or a personally witnessed event--contain theses; they have a purpose and make a point. The thesis in Orwell's narrative...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2016 9:51 pm UTC

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How is Orwell treated by the local Burmese in "Shooting an Elephant"?

In his reminiscent and reflective essay, "Shooting an Elephant," George Orwell finds his role as a British officer to symbolize colonial authority. As such, the Burmese people react to him with...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2016 6:14 pm UTC

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What is the purpose of the short story "Shooting an Elephant"?

It could be argued that the purpose of “Shooting An Elephant” is to reveal how imperialism affects those who live in conquered countries. This story takes place in Moulmein, a town in Burma, which...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2020 1:46 pm UTC

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Shooting An Elephant Symbolism

Orwell uses the elephant metaphor to represent several elements. 1. It represents a death of his innocence so to speak. As a young employee representing Britain in a foreign land, he did not...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2009 12:46 am UTC

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Why did the Burmese hate George Orwell in "Shooting an Elephant?"

As a figure of colonial authority, decked out in his policeman's uniform, Orwell is naturally a figure of hate to the indigenous Burmese. He's a very visible reminder of the oppression to which...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2020 7:48 am UTC

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What is the theme of "Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell?

There are multiple themes in "Shooting an Elephant," but the one that is perhaps the most central to Orwell's purpose is the fundamental moral corruption of imperialism. This is portrayed in the...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2013 3:54 am UTC

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What is the tone used in the essay, "Shooting an Elephant"?

In the essay "Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell, the narrator recounts an experience he has while serving as a police officer in Moulmein, a town in Lower Burma. He explains that because he is...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2020 8:26 pm UTC

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  In 'Shooting an Elephant', what is Orwell's attitude to imperialism as revealed in the first two paragraphs?

Orwell’s attitude towards Imperialism is one of antipathy, and this comes through quite strongly in the opening two paragraphs. The narrator of the story uses negative terms throughout to describe...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2013 8:29 am UTC

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What argument is Orwell making in "Shooting an Elephant"?

Throughout Orwell's short story "Shooting an Elephant," he critiques imperialism by illustrating the conflicting nature of colonialism as well as the tense relationship between the ruling Europeans...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2017 11:00 am UTC

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Who is the intended audience for "Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell?

Orwell is clearly directing "Shooting an Elephant," as with most of his writings in general, toward a largely liberal audience which shares his own negative feelings about imperialism. What makes...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2018 3:50 pm UTC

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What reasons does Orwell give for the shooting of the elephant in "Shooting an Elephant"?

Orwell was a sub-divisional police officer of the British Empire in Burma when it was a colony under British rule. He was hated by the Burmese, who understandably resented his imperial presence....

Latest answer posted February 12, 2020 11:08 pm UTC

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Why didn't the narrator want to shoot the elephant?

The narrator knew it was pointless, wasteful and cruel to shoot the elephant. The elephant had gone on a rampage in a bazaar, destroying some property, and had killed a man but now was calm: And...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2017 9:21 am UTC

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In "Shooting an Elephant," what do you think Orwell means by "He wears a mask and his face grows to fit it"?

In Orwell's short story "Shooting an Elephant," a British police officer stationed in Lower Burma succumbs to peer pressure from the native people and shoots a harmless elephant against his will....

Latest answer posted October 17, 2020 12:21 pm UTC

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How does Orwell feel about the Brithish presence in Burma? How does he feel about his job w/ Indian Imperial Police?

Orwell begins the essay with his narrator explaining his position in particular and the British presence in general:  “I was hated by large numbers of people—the only time in my life that I...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2007 1:25 am UTC

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How does George Orwell see the real nature of imperialism?

In many of his writings, Orwell views imperialism as a mechanism for economic power, for enabling the Western nations to have a higher standard of living by exploiting underdeveloped countries....

Latest answer posted April 10, 2018 3:14 am UTC

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What is a thesis statement for an essay about George Orwell's essay "Shooting an Elephant?"

George Orwell's 1936 essay "Shooting an Elephant" is about a British police officer, serving the Empire in occupied Burma, who has grown weary and bitter about the role of his nation in the...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2015 2:22 am UTC

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Why did Orwell decide to shoot the elephant at last? And why three times?

Throughout the short story, the narrator continually remarks that he has no intentions of shooting the elephant. However, when the British police officer requests an elephant gun to ensure his...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2017 11:25 am UTC

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What are the conflicts in "Shooting An Elephant"?

The most obvious conflict in "Shooting an Elephant" is the narrator's unwillingness to shoot the elephant that went on a rampage. This conflicts with the perceived need for him to do so as a...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2016 12:51 pm UTC

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What do you see as the narrative style in "Shooting an Elephant," and what is the purpose and tone?

In "Shooting an Elephant," Orwell uses the first-person point of view. The story is told completely from his memory and perspective. This gives the reader a very one-sided view of events but...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2017 6:31 am UTC

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How does "Shooting an Elephant" relate to imperialism?

In this essay, Orwell uses shooting the elephant to illustrate the basic irrationality and evil of imperialism. As the story opens, we learn that the narrator, a young imperial police officer in...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2020 4:29 pm UTC

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In his essay, "Shooting an Elephant,"  George Orwell differentiates between the views of the older and the younger...

In the final paragraph of his essay, "Shooting an Elephant," George Orwell gives a description of the reactions of the unnamed protagonist's fellow officer's to his (the character's) killing of an...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2013 3:49 pm UTC

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Examine the internal conflict that Orwell faces in paragraph two.  

In the second paragraph, Orwell faces internal conflict over the issue of imperialism. Specifically, he has realized that imperialism is an "evil thing," despite living and working in Burma, a...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2017 6:30 am UTC

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What is the paradox in the story "Shooting an Elephant"?

In "Shooting an Elephant," there are a number of paradoxes. Firstly, in the opening paragraph, Orwell says: As a police officer, I was an obvious target. At first glance, this seems a false...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2018 10:55 am UTC

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How does the writer of "Shooting an Elephant" use irony?

From the beginning, "Shooting an Elephant" highlights Orwell's use of irony. The title suggests that the narrator, possibly Orwell himself, actually plans to shoot an elephant. In fact, he takes...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2018 5:59 pm UTC

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In the first two paragraphs of "Shooting an Elephant," what can you infer about the narrator based on his commentary?

In the first sentence of the short-story, Orwell mentions that he was hated by large numbers of people and says that his time as a British officer stationed in Lower Burma was "the only time in my...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2018 12:20 am UTC

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How was Orwell treated by the local Burmese in "Shooting an Elephant"?

George Orwell was an officer in the Burmese military police and was thus despised by the local Burmese. Although the local Burmese were civilians, there is a military term which encapsulates their...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2020 11:03 am UTC

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What is the main idea of "Shooting An Elephant" by George Orwell? 

In "Shooting an Elephant," Orwell advances an argument that imperialism exerts a coercive effect not just on its victims within the colonized world, but also on the colonizers themselves. This...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2019 5:20 am UTC

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How does Orwell describe his feelings about the British Empire and his role in it, both at the time he took part in...

Orwell certainly hates British imperialism at the time of the incident he describes in his essay. He writes, For at that time I had already made up my mind that imperialism was an evil thing and...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2017 12:30 am UTC

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What did Orwell learn about himself and about imperialism through the incident in "Shooting an Elephant"?

In Orwell's short story "Shooting an Elephant," the young British officer experiences conflicting feelings regarding imperialism. Although the British officer is in favor of the native Burmese...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2020 5:12 pm UTC

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What are the setting and elements in "Shooting an Elephant"?

In the famous essay "Shooting an Elephant," George Orwell tells the story, presumably true or at least based on fact, of a colonial policeman, possibly Orwell himself, who is forced to hunt down...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2019 4:31 pm UTC

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Compare the description of the killing of the elephant to that of the killing of the Indian coolie in George Orwell's...

The Indian labourer in "Shooting an Elephant" appears to have been killed instantly, crushed into the earth by the animal, though Orwell tells us that a look of "unendurable agony" showed on the...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2019 6:18 am UTC

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Orwell describes the dead coolie as well as the dying elephant: What is the purpose of this comparison and contrast?

The position of the dead coolie as the narrator describes him, lying face down with "arms crucified," holds some significant symbolism. The attitude of crucifixion suggests some sacrifice made...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2018 1:34 pm UTC

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In the story "Shooting an Elephant", what is the epiphany that Orwell experiences in the course of the...

The epiphany that the British officer experiences when he is forced to shoot the elephant concerns the true nature of imperialism and emphasizes how agents of the ruling imperial power are actually...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2018 3:56 pm UTC

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What is Orwell's message to the audience in "Shooting an Elephant"?

For a literary commentator, it's usually unwise to reduce a story, or even a relatively short essay like "Shooting an Elephant," to a single message. Orwell presents an episode in the daily work of...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2019 5:58 pm UTC

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What is the style of "Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell?

The style of "Shooting an Elephant" is both personal and journalistic. Orwell writes using a straightforward style, setting a scene and telling a story, while providing a personal commentary on it....

Latest answer posted October 20, 2018 11:39 am UTC

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What does the slow death of the elephant symbolize?

One could interpret the elephant's slow, agonizing death in several ways. The elephant could represent the oppressed Burmese citizens, who are disenfranchised under British rule. The narrator's...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2018 4:38 pm UTC

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In "Shooting an Elephant," who is Orwell's intended audience?

The intended audience of this story is English or other European people, specifically those who have no direct knowledge or understanding of what imperial rule is really like. We can see evidence...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2018 8:43 am UTC

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What is Orwell's argument in the essay "Shooting an Elephant"? How does he use the story of shooting the elephant to...

Orwell argues, in this essay, that imperialism has a number of unintended effects. It does not, contrary to popular belief, position the white imperialist in the powerful role. In fact, it turns...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2019 10:54 pm UTC

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  What did Orwell mean by the following quote from "Shooting an Elephant"? It was a tiny incident in itself,...

The incident in question is when he shot and killed the rogue elephant. Knowing that the elephant was really just a frightened and helpless creature that could likely easily be tamed and calmed, it...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2019 1:14 pm UTC

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In "Shooting an Elephant," why does the narrator hesitate to kill the elephant? 

The narrator hesitates to kill the elephant because by the time he arrives at the place where the elephant has been on a rampage, the elephant is peaceful. The narrator realizes the animal no...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2018 2:00 pm UTC

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In "Shooting an Elephant," Orwell observes that "when the white man turns tyrant it is his own freedom that he...

What Orwell does in these quotations—as, indeed, he does in "Shooting an Elephant" as a whole—is show the corrosive effects of colonialism on the human nature of colonialists and colonized alike....

Latest answer posted December 15, 2018 10:17 am UTC

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What are the main conflicts in "Shooting an Elephant"?

A main conflict in "Shooting an Elephant" is between the narrator's hatred of the colonial and imperialist system he is part of and his concomitant hatred of the Burmese people. As he so memorably...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2019 5:12 pm UTC

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What is meant by, "It was a tiny incident in itself but it gave me a better glimpse than I had had before of the...

In the beginning of Orwell's essay “Shooting an Elephant,” the narrator makes clear that he is opposed to the British rule of Burma. The narrator—a white policeman who is presumably Orwell...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2017 11:52 pm UTC

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Give me at least three examples of analogy and their effect in "Shooting an Elephant."

An analogy is a comparison between two things that are not the same but resemble one another in some way. For example, a butterfly's wing is literally analogous to a bird's wing because it allows...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2019 12:55 pm UTC

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When Orwell finds the elephant, what two reasons does he give for not wanting to shoot it?

The two “reasons” Orwell gives are 1) working elephants are extremely valuable; shooting one would be like “destroying a huge and costly piece of machinery” and 2) to avoid being laughed at by the...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2016 5:33 pm UTC

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What is "betel juice?" How was it used in the story, "Shooting an Elephant?"

The betel is type of vine which is native to South and South-East Asia and which is commonly chewed to produce this juice. Orwell makes reference to betel juice in the first paragraph of "Shooting...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2017 9:01 am UTC

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What is George Orwell's view on imperialism as revealed in the essay "Shooting an Elephant?"

George Orwell’s essay “Shooting an Elephant” was written in 1936. He was working at the time for the Police force (*imperial Indian police). The elements that he presents in the story include the...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2009 5:13 am UTC

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Discuss Orwell's tone and attitude in the final paragraph of "Shooting an Elephant." 

Orwell's tone in the last paragraph of "Shooting an Elephant," is wry and sardonic as he recounts different responses to the killing. The owner of the elephant is the only who comes near to...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2018 8:17 pm UTC

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Describe Orwell's feelings toward the Burmese people and the imperialist British while he works as a police officer...

In the classic essay "Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell, the narrator, presumably Orwell himself, works as a police officer in Moulmein, a city in Burma, during the era of the British Raj. He...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2019 2:59 am UTC

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