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Shoong an elephant master or slave In the story Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell the character finds himself at the mercy of a hooting crowd of Burmese villagers eager to see him shoot an elephant gone must The character is confronted with a moral dilemma and abandons his morals to escape the mockery of the native Burmans He feels compelled to shoot the animal because the Burmans did not like me but with the magical rifle in my hands I was momentarily worth watching 289 Therefore in the story the character is both a master of his dominion and a slave to the population because he was pressured to shoot the elephant The narrator is a superior in the story because of his job He is a British police officer that was transferred to Burma He is an authority figure with power of the people of the land That makes his a master of land Even though he is a police officer he still does not receive any respect form the people No one had the guts to raise a riot but the natives were quick to insult and hoot after him when he was at a safe distance The narrator is a master because he has the power to decide whether he has to kill the elephant and avoid looking like a fool or not kill it and look a fool The character is pressured into killing the elephant in many ways He knows that if he does not kill the elephant he will be laughed at and the people might disobey him He rationalized killing the animal by saying he had to or he would look like a fool in front of the crowd The narrator knew that is was wrong to kill the elephant He had not wanted to kill it from the beginning He had procured an elephant gun just in case he might need it When he
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