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In reading Orwells Shooting an Elephant some might argue that Orwell has autonomy However I am arguing that he does not Autonomy is the capacity for an individual to make moral and ethical decisions and the power to act on them Throughout the article Orwell struggles with making the decisions that he wants to make In the beginning he says I was all for the Burmese and all against their oppressors the British Orwell 2 however he never acted on those feeling and the main point in the definition of autonomy is having the power to act Orwell could have resigned as officer but he didnt Instead he continued to be a part of something he thought was an evil thing Orwell 2Orwell severely lacked autonomy once the Elephant came into play The Burmese wanted the Elephant to be killed but that is not what Orwell wanted I knew with perfect certainty that I ought not to shoot him Orwell 6 Orwell kept repeating I did not want to shoot the Elephant Orwell 7 even as an overly excited group of Burmese were telling him to kill the creature Once push came to shove Orwell came through for the Burmese and did the exact opposite of what he wanted and he killed the Elephant Someone with autonomy would act on the moral decision they thought were right not what other people thought was the best decisions Orwell was the officer with the rifle he should have been the one with the power and autonomy however he let the Burmese push him around giving them the autonomyIn regards to the way Orwell felt about the Burmese I believe he had a love hate relationship with them On one had he thought they were intolerable the insults hooted after me when I was at a safe distance got badly on my nerves Orwell 1 However I can also see how Orwell felt bad for them
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