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In George Orwells Shooting an Elephant Orwell is faced with a terribledecision By taking the life of the elephant which so wrongly took the life ofthe Indian the killing was then justified in Orwells mind He was taking astand for the lower man which in his eyes represented himself and showing anoverwhelming power over the elephantor British Empire This view will alwayswin the heart of the reader The reader can feel sympathy towards Orwellrather than hate him for taking another beings lifeIn the authors lifetime as a police officer he is hated by many of theBurmese people for being just that He was an obvious target and therefore waspicked on whenever it seemed okay to do so As Orwell states when a nimbleBurman tripped me up on the football field and the referee looked the otherway the crowd yelled with hideous laughter91 He already viewedimperialism as a terrible thing and wanted to get out of his job as soon aspossible Orwell had a secret hatred for the British Empire however he alsohad a rage against the bad spirited Burmans who tired to make his jobimpossible His incredible hatred towards the Buddhist priests was a feelingthat he considered the normal by-products of imperialismOrwell 92 Orwelldisliked the Burmese people but he hated the British Empire more He justcould not show such hatred for the empire that ruled everything around him including him The real nature of imperialism came shining through when Orwell was calledupon to do something about a tiny incident An elephant was ravaging thebazaar however in some way it was enlightening to the author The elephantthat had apparently gone must was not wild It was rather tame The Burmans were not armed and were really helpless against it The ravishingbeast not only caused complete chaos but also killed an Indian a blackDravidian coolie The elephant had come suddenly upon him round the corner ofthe hutcaught him with its trunk put its foot on his back
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