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In the essay Shooting an Elephant George Orwell describes an internal conflict between his personal morals and his duty to his countrymoreover his duty to the white mans reputation Orwells decision to kill the elephant is a direct result of oppression Oppression perhaps goes deeper than the average man would imagine noticeably hindering even the lives of the oppressors Orwells moral values are challenged in many different ways ironically enough while he too was the oppressor Orwells extraordinary style is never displayed well than through Shooting an Elephant when he seemingly blends his style and subject into one Orwell expresses his conflicting views regarding imperialism through three examples of oppression by his country by the Burmese and by himself on the Burmese The British author George Orwell pen name for Eric Blair achieved prominence in the 1940s as the author of two brilliant satires Orwell was born in 1903 in the Indian Village Motihari which lies near the border of Nepal Orwells family led a relatively privileged and fairly pleasant existence in helping to administer the Empire Although his family was not very wealthy Orwell later described them as lower-upper-middle class With some difficulty Orwells parents sent their son to a private preparatory school in Sussex at the age of eight At the age of thirteen he won a scholarship to Wellington and soon after another to Eaton the famous public school He wrote documentaries essays and criticism during the 1930s and later established him as one of the most important and influential voices of the century The style of this essay is generally very simple but it is strong enough to merit numerous interpretations Orwell uses metaphors to do this They were watching me as they would watch a conjurer about to perform a trick Oppression is shown by Orwell through the burden of servitude placed upon him by England All I knew was that I was struck between my hatred of the empire
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