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Power What encompasses power Is a malicious Tyrant considered powerful if he has the capacity to oppress a population or is power merely a term used to describe the physical strength of an individual Regardless the process through which power is earned requires confidence to retain morality and strength to forfeit freedom Authority on the other hand requires a title that is bestowed to provide some sort of recognition but the possession of authority does not indicate that one has power In George Orwells Shooting an Elephant the discrepancy between power and authority is illustrated through the main character The British officer is a prominent authoritative figure but due to his lack of confidence he is unable to retain his morality and is ultimately rendered powerless The setting of this story is thematic in a sense that it is used to enhance the officers state of powerlessness The author effectively coveys the motif of the story through the distinct use of symbolism where the symbols represent the opposite of their traditional themes The interaction of the main character with the central issue is the most effective in portraying his feeble and powerless disposition Therefore it is evident that setting symbolic presentation and character design are used to illustrate the officers lack of power in a position of authority The setting of the story provides insight on the officers state of mind and helps to establish the position from which the action is perceived The fact that this story is set in Burma at a time of British rule emphasizes the condition of authority and supremacy the colonists would have over the Burmese The officer is a colonist within that colony and is therefore bestowed with an influential position of authority As a part of the white police force the officer has a strict obligation to his country and the British Empire situated in Burma however he rejects the political injustices of imperial life and despises
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