Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

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With respect to George Orwell's short story "Shooting an Elephant," how would one answer the following questions: Explore Orwell’s use of the lines of argument. Where does he use arguments from...

With respect to George Orwell's short story "Shooting an Elephant," how would one answer the following questions:

Explore Orwell’s use of the lines of argument. Where does he use arguments from the heart, from character, from values, from facts and reason? Which uses seem the most effective? Which seem less effective? Why?

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Orwell uses various types of argument to criticize imperialism in "Shooting an Elephant." Arguments from the heart (pathos) include his initial description of being "hated by large numbers of people" and being a continual target of abuse. This is connected to his later point that, when confronted with the harmless elephant which he did not want to shoot, he was "only an absurd puppet pushed to and fro by the will of those yellow faces behind." Both these points illustrate that imperialism does not even benefit the colonial overlord, who, albeit not to the same degree as the subject people, is also oppressed and constrained by its demands.

There are many other arguments from pathos in the essay, including all Orwell's emotional reasons for not wanting to shoot the elephant, from its "preoccupied grandmotherly air" to the feeling that it was worse to kill a large animal than a small one.

Arguments from facts and reason (logos) include the point that the elephant was quite harmless by the...

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