Shooting An Elephant Thesis
What is the thesis of "Shooting an Elephant"?
Orwell's thesis is that bad systems, such as imperialism, cause unnecessary suffering to everyone involved: the colonized, the colonizers, and even the animals.
As "Shooting an Elephant" illustrates, a social and economic system built on violence and oppression has a corrosive and corrupting influence on everyone. As he deals with the Burmese, the narrator realizes that he is no longer his own person. He is a representative of the British Empire. He has to leave his common sense and human faculties of compassion behind because he feels forced to play out a role. His moves, like those of the oppressed Burmese people, have been locked in place by the system in which they are all caught. Orwell has to shoot the elephant, senseless and cruel as that act is, because he has to uphold the power of the British Empire.
Orwell's point is to critique...
(The entire section contains 2 answers and 445 words.)
check Approved by eNotes Editorial
This would be my thesis statement from my point of view in regard to "Shooting an Elephant", The anger of man does not bring about a good and healthy relationship based on the love of God. Although God gave man dominion over all animal life, the killing of animals has a purpose that helps mankind. Mr. Orwell was upset over a lot of issues, self-preservation, pressure from the crowd, pressure from his government because of what resulted in oppression of other people.