“Every experience, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it.” This quote from Buddhism depicts the idea of the short story, Shooting an Elephant, by George Orwell. In the story Orwell committed the crime of shooting an elephant, which legally he had the right to do, but morally felt guilty about killing an innocent animal. According to Everything's an Argument, a correct causal argument needs to have a claim, warrant, and evidence. Even though Orwell did commit the crime of shooting an elephant, throughout the story he used ethos, pathos, and figurative language to convince the audience if given the opportunity he would never shoot an elephant again because the elephant represents the innocence of people. First and foremost, Orwell establishes his ethos. As stated in Everything’s an Argument, ethos is described as the author's credibility. He establishes his ethos right from the beginning of the story when he states he works for the British but he despises them. This showed the audience his state of mind at the time and helps support his claim, “ when a white man turns tyrant, it is his own freedom that he destroys.” Another example of the ethos that was used was the fact he used multiple Latin …show more content…
According to Everything's an Argument, pathos is defined as using emotional appeal to persuade an audience. An example of how Orwell used pathos to persuade the audience is used very strong words such as “oppressor”, “tyrant”, “savage”, and “crucified” which evoke emotions in the audience. He often referred to the British as oppressor instead of the ruler. Since Orwell used such heavily connotated words, the audience was able to understand how he felt much clearer and it showed he put a lot of thought into his story. The precision in his words helps convince the reader he really did evaluate his whole life after the incident where he shot the
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George Orwell, the author of “Ant Farm” illustrates the Russian Revolution War in this novella. Many of the characters and events seen in the story symbolizes a factor of the Russian Revolution War in 1917. In a nutshell, characters like Snowball, Old Major and Napoleon portrays the assertive heros figures in this influential War. Napoleon in particular, a Boar Pig, is known to never contribute to the establishment of Animal Farm. In the beginning of the story, Orwell explains how Napoleon is a “fierce looking” boar who always gets his way.
George Orwell, the author of “Shooting an Elephant”, uses symbols such as the elephant, the gun, and the crowd to expose the conflict between the law and one’s moral conscience. The elephant shows to conflict between the law and one’s moral conscience because the elephant possesses a lot of power, control, and strength. In this essay, the elephant destroyed homes and other items in their town. This is just a small example of how much power the elephant has.
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.
George Orwell uses societal pressure in “Shooting An Elephant” to show the pressures a person faces. In “Shooting An Elephant” Orwell shoots an elephant that supposedly ravaged a bazaar. While going to find the elephant he had no intentions of shooting the elephant but just to scare it away. Once he started to look for the elephant the village started to follow Orwell. The village was only interested in shooting the elephant, “They had not shown much interest in the elephant when he was merely ravaging their homes, but it was different now that he was going to be shot”(Orwell 1321).
The essay appears to be written eight years after his resignation from the Imperial Police Force in 1928. This time gap appears evident as it appears that this is not only a recount of a first hand experience, but in addition to that, his commentary of that former self at the time of publication. As the younger man pondered about when the elephant appeared no harmful than a cow there’s a shift in narration that can be noticed, “…I thought then and I think now that his attack of "must" was already passing off…”(Orwell). It’s that in order for the essay to be thoughtful and analytical, that it was pertinent for Orwell to narrate his account years later. As it appears in good timing, it’s effectiveness is shone through as an older, more experienced man provides better insight upon his experiences, providing the reader with an explanation for what had happened and how it had changed him as opposed to an immediate account that may, more than likely, be far more passionate from a young man versus a thoughtful
Orwell does not enjoy his job at all, and enforces values in which he does not believe in. Because he does not want the Burmese to hate him, George attempts to conform to the wishes of foreign culture, and shoots an elephant against his will. After he kills the elephant, he informs the Burmese he did it because the elephant killed a man. However, in reality, he shoots the elephant because he does not want the Burmese to laugh at him. Orwell wants the Burmese to respect him, and he does this at a sacrifice to his own conscience.
There are only two distinct species of elephants left in the world: The African elephant and the Asian elephant. The reason is poaching. By poaching elephants it affects the food chain, habitat loss and coming into conflict with communities. Elephants are just like humans and should not be poached. First of all, by illegally poaching elephants it can affect the food chain.
Some people have the ability to stay true to themselves like Vicente but others including the officer, give into the pressure and please others. One recognizes that the officer has “no intention to shoot the elephant [he will only] defend [himself] if necessary” (Orwell). The shift occurs when the crowd of natives follow him and he feels obligated to shoot. He strikes the elephant even though it goes against his beliefs. At this point Orwell develops a character with the mindset that pleasing others comes before pleasing oneself.
The motive of this essay is a protest regarding economic and social injustices. Additionally, the ethos of this story is that Mr. Orwell struggles within himself to find the means to kill the elephant. Economically it was a burden to the owner and an injustice to kill the animal for the sole reason of the pressures. The pathos can be presented towards the author is said that he must kill an elephant for the sole purpose of not looking like a fool. Logos in this story are that he used the death of the coolie to justify
“As soon as I saw the dead man, I sent an orderly to a friend’s house nearby to borrow an elephant rifle.(p.135)” Although it seem like Orwell is doing the heroic action and truly taking charge, he’s really just using this dead man’s life to justify killing the elephant. Having little to no care for this man, Orwell looked pass the death for a moment showing his own prejudice by calling him an
As the hero embarks on his or her journey, the trials and tests they try to overcome do not always go as planned. The journey physically and mentally prepares the hero or heroine for the end of their quest and the holy grail, but somehow along the way the temptation and challenges get in the way of one's consciousness and causing the hero to fall into the expectations of society which causes them to fall into the wasteland. In George Orwell’s “Killing an Elephant” a Burman Policeman discovers his call to adventure to take care of a rogue elephant in the streets of Burman. As a military occupier the majority of the village does not necessarily approve of him. Colonialism, in Orwell’s short writing, acts as a metaphor explaining for his experience with the institution of
Equally important, Pathos is an appeal to emotion, and is a way of convincing an audience of an argument by creating an emotional response. Stephen Yin, uses Pathos to sympathize with the emotions of the reader, illustrate an image, and create a sense of relatedness and familiarity. For instance, Steph Yin, begins by saying, “If you’re reading this at home, pause and put on a song you can’t resist dancing to. Go on, bop your head to the beat. Let yourself wiggle a bit.
Orwell makes it very clear that he never planned on killing the elephant, yet he decides to bring a rifle that’s capable of harming the elephant. Orwell backs up his decision by claiming that he “had no intention of shooting the elephant—I had merely sent for the rifle to defend myself if necessary” (326). But from the crowd’s perspective, they never noticed an officer who was trying to complete his task in a peaceful manner. All they saw was a police officer chasing after an elephant with his rifle, and to them it seemed as if Orwell wanted the elephant to die. Orwell was quick to notice that “They had not shown much interest in the elephant when he was merely ravaging their homes, but it was different now that he was going to be shot.”
A significant detail in “Shooting an Elephant” is the last sentence, “I often wondered whether any of the others grasped that I had done it solely to avoid looking a fool.” Orwell places this sentence in the essay because it directly supports his purpose of expressing the negative impact on imperialism. Imperialism causes Orwell to fall subject to the pressure of being more powerful than the native people. His motive behind killing the elephant is to “impress the natives”. A level of power is expected from the imperialist officers; if they do not live up to these expectations they are ridiculed by both the oppressors and the natives.
Orwell is trying to keep his sanity in a psychotic world. He’s face with many crazy situation in his job and he has to find ways to keep himself calm. As an officer orwell is face with very insane situation and he’s constantly being watch and judge by other. In “Shooting an Elephant” orwell is pressure into killing and elephant which he doesn’t want to do. Orwell confess “in the end i could not stand it any longer and went away” orwell is face with the aftermath of shooting the elephant and he couldn’t stand to watch the elephant die after he killed it.