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