Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

Shooting an Elephant book cover
Start Your Free Trial

What message can be received from "Shooting an Elephant"?

Expert Answers info

Doug Stuva eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write1,751 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History

Concerning your question about "Shooting An Elephant," I don't know if "received" is the correct way to think about the ideas presented in the essay.  If one is precise, a main idea is presented in the essay.  You can also think in terms of thesis.

The main idea of the essay is something like:

The imperialist power...

(The entire section contains 166 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

dawninmoon | Student

"Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell is completely about Ruler and the Ruled.Living in the illusion of the theory that those who belong to the Ruler class can do anything if wanted(imagined by those who are ruled,in this case the natives of Moulmein, in Lower Burma), forced the author to commit the action of killing the elephant who was already out of the attack of "must".The conscious of the author failed and by this he realized the futility of the white man's dominion in the East which is actually a hollow myth with no substance at all.

It is quite a challenge to write this answer in 3 sentences. You can short it if you want.

check Approved by eNotes Editorial