Why do you think the narrator included a lengthy and detailed description of the elephant's death in "Shooting an Elephant"?

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You are right in identifying that this essay includes rather a gruesome and, arguably, unnecessary description of how the poor elephant that Orwell did not actually want to kill met his end at Orwell's hand. Note the following rather graphic description:

I fired a third time. That was the shot that did for him. You could see the agony of it jolt his whole body and knock the last remnant of...

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