Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

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What is the cause for George Orwell writing "Shooting an Elephant"?

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I assume what you want to know is why George Orwell wrote "Shooting an Elephant." While there is no particular occasion which prompted this essay, Orwell writes this autobiographical work as a kind of continuation or addendum to his work Burmese Days. Orwell's views on Imperialism were quite well known, so this essay would not have been a surprising thing for him to write. 

Orwell's essay is set in Burma (formerly Myanmar) at a time (1931) when Burma is under the control of the British. He writes about his time working for the Indian Civil Service as a member of the Imperial Police. It was a job he despised, as he sympathized with the Indians:

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