Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

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Why did the Burmese hate George Orwell in "Shooting an Elephant?"

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Orwell gives some strong indications in this essay as to why anti-European bitterness, as he calls it, had risen to a great height in Burma at this time. The people of Burma did not hate Orwell personally, but rather as a representative of a government which was responsible for the sorts of severe punishments they would not have inflicted upon their own people:

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 flogged with bamboos—all these oppressed me with an intolerable sense of guilt.

The Burmese regime was never as seamlessly run as, for example, the Raj in India; this can be seen in the ways the Burmese respond to the narrator in this essay. They hate the oppressive government, and they do not respect it. They treat its representatives in “petty” and taunting ways, highlighting the absurdity of the situation in which Orwell, as supposed controller of a populace,...

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