Where he says, “But even then I was not thinking particularly of my own skin, only of the watchful yellow faces behind”, was implying the fact that he wanted the town to recognize him. It, no doubt, made him feel like he should be the hero. He had two choices: kill the elephant or let it go, and what did he choose? He chose to kill it all to get praised by the people. He didn’t care how if felt.
As a result, he has an inner debate in believing if killing the animal was the right thing to do or not, “it seemed to me that it would be murder to shoot him” (4) allows the readers to understand the importance of the elephant. Orwell describes the elephant as a “huge and costly piece of machinery” (3) and feels that it is
The crowd expected him to kill the elephant and he felt that he was obliged to act in this way. Eventually, under this pressure he acted against his own wish and he killed it. After the elephant’s death opinions about the incident were divided among the people. Some of them said it was right thing to do, while others said that it was a shame to kill the elephant. In the end he was happy that an Indian coolie was killed by the elephant, because it gave him a good reason to shoot it.
There are numerous themes in this short story such as British imperialism and colonial resentment however the most prominent theme in this story is fear of humiliation and the effect peer- pressure has on an individual. The setting of Burma helps work with this theme as it provides an area for the plot to take place and develop. After marching miles to the destination of the elephant, a crowd had surrounded George Orwell and encourages Orwell to kill the elephant. George Orwell is compelled to kill the once ravaging elephant due to the fact that Orwell wants to avoid looking like a fool. George Orwell is willing to sacrifice his role of doing the right thing and fulfilling the Burmese wishes in order to save himself from
Although Orwell had already elucidated his stance on imperialism when he said that he was “all for the Burmese and all against their oppressors, the British,” he later refutes this and suggests that imperialism harms both the persecutor and the victim by comparing himself to “the leading actor of the piece,” feeling nervous as the “theatre curtain go up,” highlighting his weakness. Furthermore, by likening himself to a puppet, he points out that having to “spend his life in trying to impress the ‘natives’,” and “do what the ‘natives’ expect of him,” makes the Burmese people dominant over the British. By incorporating metaphors in in “Shooting an Elephant,” George Orwell offers the audience an interpretation of his realization that he may as well be the victim of the Burmans rather than the other way
All of those depictions related to the “immense” crown that had followed the narrator expecting him to kill the elephant. This can be analyzed from his own words: “I was only an absurd puppet pushed to and fro by the will of those yellow faces behind”. “And he also realizes that to shoot the elephant would be not only unnecessary but quite immoral. But he is not a free agent; he is part of the impartial system (Ingle,
He showed the aspects of “he is dependent upon endless affirmation from others in the form of approval, flattery…the more desperately he clings to the belief that he is his idealized image, the more violent the hatred” (Our Inner Conflicts p. 110 ~p. 111). Also he showed his tendency of “He must in his own mind feel superior in some way – regardless of any particular drive to excel” (Our Inner Conflicts p. 101). Some of the actual strengths and accomplishments that Sooyang had was not able to achieved. By eliminating his surrounding people that opposes to him, he was written as a cruel king of Chosun dynasty.
Demise Will Seelman “Any system that values pleasure over human life is a very dangerous one indeed.” (Kassem). Franz Kafka’s notorious work, In the Penal Colony, incorporates the main element of power, all while creating subsidiary arguments about subversion and authority. The reason why Kafka highlights these features is that it shows the extent to which a person or regime can reach, as evident in the story, while conversely showing what it takes to resist it. The four characters in the story (The Traveler, The Officer, The Condemned Man, and The Soldier) all have roles that contribute to the overarching theme of power, with some contributing more than others.
(Littlehale, 2012) The colonialism was obviously have been implanted in this story. During the moment that the police officer was thinking that should he kill the elephant or let it goes free. At that time the crowd of people around was lobbying him to kill the elephant, and it shows the pressure that the colony gives
The townspeople become excited when they finally see a police officer armed with a weapon that is ready to end the destruction of the “rampaging” elephant. However, the narrator has no intentions of killing the animal. Actually, he knows that he does not want to kill the elephant as he was it as a “serious matter to shoot a working elephant – it is comparable to destroying a huge and costly piece of machinery – and obviously one ought not to do it if it can possibly be avoided” (4). At this point in the story, his conflict transgresses to more than just right versus wrong. He now feels pressured to either please the “natives’ and take down this “beast”, fulfill his role as a white British policeman, or to do what he believes is the best thing to do.
His methods were brilliant, though. He knew he could gain support from the lower classes by claiming Berkeley was oppressing the poor. He also played on the fear of Indians, religious heresy, oppressive taxation, and disloyalty to the king, all of which would incite strong
Columbus viewed the Native Americans as if they were below him, and he treated them like slaves. Readily, he believed they were ingenious, and thought that he could easily control them and force them to do whatever he wished. Unjustly, Christopher Columbus formed a very biased opinion on the Native Americans he first met during his travels. Columbus started his journey to find a new trade route from Spain. Because of how advanced
It has changed the perception of freedom within a country. It makes for a great example on how to separate from a tyrant ruler and can demonstrate patriotism in every way. The different insults of the King proved how and why the colonists will be better off. The Declaration of the basis of this great country and we would be nowhere without