Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

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What, according to the narrator in “Shooting an Elephant,” are some of the injuries of colonialism for colonized and colonizer? How are these injuries reflected in the movement of Indian...

What, according to the narrator in “Shooting an Elephant,” are some of the injuries of colonialism for colonized and colonizer? How are these injuries reflected in the movement of Indian nationalism after WWI?

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In this essay, the narrator does not identify himself as George Orwell, but the author served as a colonial functionary in Burma, so the narrator is usually considered to represent Orwell himself.

The complex relationships of domination and subordination are played out in the narrator’s dilemma. By serving as a policeman, Orwell develops a deep opposition to colonialism because of its negative effects on both colonizer and...

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