Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

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What did the elephant symbolise

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The elephant itself could be said to symbolize the colonial population of Burma. Even though the elephant is in his own natural habitat, he is restricted in his movements, as indeed are the local people. This is their country, their land, and yet it doesn't belong to them anymore; it is controlled by their colonial overlords. When Orwell is faced with the elephant, his conscience tells him that it's wrong to kill the animal;...

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