Consequences Of Imperialism In Shooting An Elephant, And The Collonized People

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When people can pursue what is morally right to do, regardless of what reaction their actions will provoke from others, they will never feel repentant for what they have done. Nevertheless, it is not always possible to follow one’s conviction. For instance, in an imperialist system, which involves the exploitation and torment of colonized people, some citizens of colonizers face such situations in which they cannot comply with their convictions. When the government of a country oppresses another country’s citizens and restricts their freedom, the government does not reckon that this oppression will affect its own citizens. The aftermath is harsh for a colonizer who does not support or agree with the imperialist project because he is very likely to be treated as an enemy. He is never able to act upon what he wants and always has to be thinking how his actions will look to the natives or authorities instead. This is clearly discernible in the epitome of the officer and Daru, the main characters from the stories “Shooting an Elephant” and “The Guest” respectively, who neglect their own sentiments of what is right. So, in colonial situations, the colonized are not the only ones who lose freedom, but also the citizens of the colonizers, since they are obliged to go against their beliefs. Imperialism is a destructive institution that sparks off undesirable consequences for the oppressors themselves, in conjunction with dehumanizing the oppressed. The
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