What does the narrator’s decision to shoot the elephant reveal about his character? Use examples from the text.

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

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...

(The entire section contains 312 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

Posted on