Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

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What are the setting and elements in "Shooting an Elephant"?

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In the famous essay "Shooting an Elephant," George Orwell tells the story, presumably true or at least based on fact, of a colonial policeman, possibly Orwell himself, who is forced to hunt down and kill a rogue elephant.

As Orwell relates, the setting of the story is Moulmein, a town in Lower Burma, during the era of the British Raj. The exact date is not given, but Orwell worked as a policeman in Burma between 1922 and 1927, so we can guess that the events take place within this time frame.

The main character is the narrator, who is surrounded by Burmese villagers who deeply resent his presence. He hears via a phone call that an elephant is laying waste to a bazaar in a village and is ordered to do something about it. He takes a rifle and rides to the scene. When he discovers that the elephant has killed someone, he sends for a larger rifle. He finds the elephant in a paddy field, and since the animal has calmed down, he does not want to kill it. However, he shoots it several times to...

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