Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

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What was Orwell referring to when he said the following: "I did not even know that the British Empire is dying, still less did I know that it is a...

What was Orwell referring to when he said the following:

I did not even know that the British Empire is dying, still less did I know that it is a great deal better than the younger empires that are going to supplant it.

in "Shooting an Elephant"?

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Orwell originally published "Shooting an Elephant" in 1936. In it, he speaks of his experiences as a colonial police officer in the 1920s. There is a wide gulf of experience between the (then) present Orwell and his past self, whose experiences were the basis for the essay.

This was part of a highly turbulent and tumultuous time period, where the threats of...

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