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Imperialism has been an imposing force throughout history since the early 1800s but one must ask themselves what is Imperialism and why has it been so prevalent throughout history 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 takes 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 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 is nothing new and can be read about in most history books Our ancestors were likely involved in some of these struggles either as the victim or the aggressor Stories that most of us are familiar with are the stories of our country and its beginnings We first hear of explorers such as Columbus coming here to discover a new world that had already been discovered He came here to take what he could and tell the King and Queen of Spain what treasures
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