Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

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Why is the elephant in "Shooting an Elephant" behaving as it does?

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As the narrator explains, the elephant in question is in a period of "must." This is a time when a male elephant's hormones increase, and his testosterone levels shoot up to high levels. This makes the elephant very aggressive and, therefore, a danger to those around him.

Before Orwell 's narrator is called to intervene, the elephant...

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