Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

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What was the "dirty work of empire" in "Shooting an Elephant"?

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"The dirty work of empire" in "Shooting an Elephant" is the violence used by imperialists to maintain control over colonized peoples. Orwell, who uses this phrase, describes it this way:

the wretched prisoners huddling in the stinking cages of the lock-ups, the grey, cowed faces of the long-term convicts, the scarred buttocks of the men who had been Bogged with bamboos...

As an imperial policeman, Orwell's narrator says that he was in a position to see...

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