It is said that elephants can sense danger, though it is apparent that the elephant from Orwell’s short story is a brilliant exception. “Shooting an Elephant,” follows the struggles of an English police officer in a British controlled section of Lower Burma. In the story, the officer leaves to deal with a tame elephant that had escaped its owner and was left to rampage the town. The officer observes the damages on his way to the elephant and slowly collects a crowd of Burmese citizens. Once the officer is finally led to the elephant, he notices how calm and regal the creature is but realizes that he must kill the elephant to appease the crowd that had come to watch.
“Shooting an Elephant”, by George Orwell, is a story of Orwell as a cop in a barbaric society where the law was never really taken seriously. As you can probably tell from the title of the story, an elephant gets shot and Orwell is the one who did it. Many believe that Orwell killed the elephant because he was peer pressured to do so by the townspeople that were staring at him and mocking him for being a weak coward. That may seem like the right answer, but then Orwell begins to write about the thoughts that were running through his mind. He says, “...I was very glad that the coolie had been killed; it put me legally in the right and it gave me a sufficient pretext for shooting the elephant.”, because he tried to make himself feel better about killing the elephant by saying that the elephant deserved to die for killing a man, thus Orwell said that it was kind of like pleading self-defense.
The author compares how cleanly stripped the man’s skin was from his body to the hide skinned off of a rabbit. This again just shows how savagely the man was killed. However, now that the elephant has killed a man, the elephant must be put down. This duty lies upon the sub-divisional police officer. In order to make the people happy and protect those that he has sworn to protect, he must take down the rampaging elephant.
How does the Ivory trade affect elephants. Ivory trade is bad because it means that elephants are being killed for no reason. Elephants are going to go extinct if the Ivory trade does not stop. Poachers are killing elephants for their tusks so they can sell them to get medicine for their families. The cause for the drop in elephants is poachers killing them for their tusks.
Do We Shoot Him of Not? “The Discussion of Shooting an Elephant” In the short essay Shooting an Elephant the author George Orwell discusses how her shot an elephant. The thing that most people don’t know about this short essay Shooting an Elephant is that it is not just about killing an elephant. In this short essay George Orwell discusses things about how he shot the elephant and also what the reason of why he shot the elephant. In the end of this essay the author decides that he should kill the elephant instead of letting it live.
Some of the main themes are the Bliss versus Bell, Bliss versus Lister, Bliss versus the other doctors, and Conkling versus Garfield. Dr. Bliss and Roscoe Conkling both have very bad intentions while Bell, Dr. Lister, and the other doctors have good intentions. Dr. Bliss is only trying to save Garfield for the reward, and Conkling is happy that the President was shot as he believes it is his ticket back into power. Bell tries to save Garfield’s with his new invention but is thwarted by Bliss. Lister tries to save many patients with antisepsis, but Bliss doesn’t use it which could be the biggest reason Garfield died.
Hannah Edmiston Boudreau AP Language Friday 25 September, 2015 Shooting an Elephant Analyzing Rhetorical Devices Shooting an Elephant, written by George Orwell in 1936, describes his experience working as a British officer located in Moulmein, Burma. He writes his essay to reveal the cruelty and disastrous outcome of imperialism he witnesses. Orwell uses strong resource of language such as symbolism, metaphors and imagery to express his disdain for British imperialism. Orwell uses symbolism to connect the character of the elephant to the effects of imperialism. In the beginning of the essay, the elephant manifests an unbending tantrum.
George Orwell: “Shooting an Elephant In “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell we get to look through the eyes of an officer in the India Imperial Police. Orwell represents the evils of imperialism by using symbolism including “The sea of yellow faces”, “the hunting rifle”, and “shooting the elephant”. Orwell’s use of “The sea of yellow faces” shows a deviation between the Burmese and himself. He shows this by stating “…I ought not to shoot him” (326). He doesn’t want to shoot the elephant but he knows he has to because they are watching and he has to prove his power.
Reading Response “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell is a story about what he went through when he was a policeman in Burma, and why he shot an elephant, “solely to avoid looking [like] a fool.” “[He] was hated by a large numbers of people,” and in a way tortured for things that he didn’t even understand what he was doing. He perceived that him and his other european cohorts were doing the right thing, but he also hated that fact that they were there. At first I assumed that this essay was going to be about just killing an elephant for fun and how it made him feel. I was surprised to find out that it’s actually about a policeman who was called to help get a rogue elephant and he is basically forced to kill the elephant; he doesn’t want
He killed four men by himself and outsmarted a Sphinx, and became the great king of the city he rescued from her claws. Being the king, when they begged him for help, even though it involved solving a murder that was many years old, he spared no effort trying to outsmart this problem too. It is this investigation into the murder of the previous king that reveals just how blind he has been. All of the irony that is dripping off the lines of this play makes it powerful to its audience. Irony impact’s Sophocles’s Oedipus the King by developing characterization, exposing a theme, and appealing to an archetype.
According to an official USDA Report, the trainer’s use of the bull hook “created behavioral stress and trauma which precipitated in the physical harm and ultimate death of the animal.” Bullhooks, poor conditions, endless performance, and premature deaths are all things that go on under the big top. Animal rights activists fight for the world to know that circuses abuse the animals into submission. I stated earlier that people want all elephant performances should end, and based on the information
Seen throughout the book, Of Mice and Men, the character development of the main character, Lennie, was changing to a more violent and uncontrollable human, and foreshadowed his death. Since Lennie killed Curley’s wife he was a fugitive, and anyone who killed him is just. In the novel of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the character George is justified in killing Lennie because of his actions caused by his disabilities allowing for a better life. George’s decision on killing Lennie was the right one. Lennie had no judgment on whether or not something was legal because of his mental illness.
To begin, the influences of each character lead to the creation of their own values and beliefs. It is evident, that the background of which each protagonist bases their values off of, are completely different. In Shooting An Elephant, he is a police officer which in this society makes him an obvious target; due to him being in an alliance with the British. He explains that, “the insults hooted after me got on my nerves” and this is a factor for the silence of his voice (Orwell). Orwell develops a character, that struggles with controlling his beliefs since he is a member of the minority in Moulmein.
Although the officer did not want to shoot the elephant and only shot the elephant to please the locals, his guilt began to affect him emotionally after the first shot. And with each shot into the elephant the guilt dug deeper into the officer’s soul. His guilt was elevated by the visualization of the locals with their knives and baskets approaching the elephant. As he understands that the elephant which was calm at the point in which he shot it, was now about to die and become a meal for those same locals.
Observation and awareness is tested when an American dentist kills a famous lion called Cecil in the country of Zimbabwe, in turn sparking a public outrage. This celebrity lion’s death, beloved by the many of the native country, rightfully resulted in a communal resentment. This would be the equivalent to the people of the United States if the King had been assassinated. As an accommodation to that a man by the name of Steve West, a well-known hunting advocate who appears on a reality show on the Outdoors channel, receives money for doing horrific works, hunting. He ends the lives of living beings for the sake of television ratings, also showing a lack of morals, dignity or even a conscience.