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Imperialism by definition is explained as the policy of extending the rule or authority of an empire or nation over foreign countries or of acquiring and holding colonies and dependencies In George Orwells story Shooting an Elephant the reader is exposed to many different aspects involved with British Imperialism during the 1800s The controversial issues that are covered during the span of this story ultimately go on to show many critical flaws that encompass Imperialism The reader experiences a change take place in one man as he as he struggles to understand the of morality of imperialism as well as the justification of the blatant discrimination of a class of people which he is ordered to control on a daily basis At the same time this man must fight to maintain the small sense of authority he has come to know over the Burmese people no matter the cost even to the point of sacrificing his moral values The narrator of this story goes on to explain in this quote that although he has rule over the Burmese people his power is conditional and he must do exactly what is expected of him or this power will be lost The condition of his rule that he shall spend his life in trying to impress the natives and so in every crisis he has got to do what the natives expect oh him He wears a mask and his face grows to fit it Orwell 137 This Mask that the narrator speaks of is symbolic of the control that the Burmese have imposed upon him by creating an absolute dependency on him In this paper I will seek to prove that imperialism and discrimination against any group of people is not only damaging to the oppressed but is also damaging to the oppressorThe quest for power and dominance
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