The narrator explicitly states in the last line that he only shot the elephant to avoid “looking a fool.”
In order to understand what the narrator means by this, you have to consider the situation the narrator finds himself in. He is a white, foreign police officer in Burma: already disliked by the locals because of his job. The narrator reveals that he hated this job and sees himself as anti-imperialist. This creates tension between the way the world perceives him and the way he perceives himself, which could suggest that the narrator has limitations of self-awareness.
When he encounters the...
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