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.
A Critical Analysis of the Rhetorical Strategies Used in Orwell’s “Shooting an Elephant”. In George Orwell’s “Shooting an Elephant”, the author begins with a definite statement about his views toward British Imperialism. Orwell uses pathos to appeal to the readers emotions about his situation and also uses logos when trying to decide on shooting the elephant. His powerful technique of illustrating the message, “Imperialism was an evil thing” and that it affects both the oppressor and the oppressed is effective with the use of description, classical appeals, extended metaphors, and rhetorical devices.
Novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic George Orwell in his essay, “Shooting an Elephant” discusses his life in Burma during the 1930’s while the british were in control. Orwell recounts personal experiences and his feelings on the actions the British took in order to oppress the Burmese. While doing this he uses a variety of diction, imagery, and first person POV in order to convey his message. Diction is the first rhetorical device Orwell employ in order to convey his message using his word choice.
“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.
Orwell’s speech throughout his work allows perusers to put the nature of man into perspective. By examining Orwell’s tone throughout this short story, lectors can deduce that a nature of man is to be bitter. For example, when the protagonist confesses that he opposes the European empire, he displays his hostile attributes. The raconteur in this chronicle also speaks with exaggeration. He reveals this when he says that two thousand people where following him when there were actually many less than that.
Britain’s forced introduction of opium in 1825 in China had devastating effects on its population and economy. The people of China express their just displeasure with the British people and its monarchy in documents 1, 2, and 9. In Document 1, a Chinese emperor is addressing the King George of England in 1793 in a letter.
* The British only had 60 Indians in the Government system. * Indians were forced to grow cash crops that no one would buy. * The British gunned down Indians and constantly arrested Gandhi only further angering the natives. truth is that the British did help make modern India but that doesn’t excuse the atrocities they committed, they starved people, didn’t give them freedom and treated them like slaves in their own land, and worst of all they killed Innocent people, men, women, children, sisters, brothers, all people died at the hands of careless generals, all in all what happened back then to India should never happen ever again.
In third grade, Scout and her classmates talk about current events, and someone brings up Adolf Hitler. Her teacher, Miss Gates, explains how terrible he is for persecuting the Jewish people. Miss Gates hates Hitler for persecuting the Jews, but at the courthouse she explained that blacks needed to be put in there place (Lee 243-247). Scout is confused by this comment, noting that it is controversial in itself. Her teacher hates Adolf Hitler because he oppresses the Jews but at the same time she tramples the African Americans without reason.
The use of racial discriminations by the government attempted to change the people of America’s perception on the Japanese, ultimately controlling how everyone thinks and feels. The American government thrived on the idea of dehumanizing the Japanese, the buckteeth and small, slanted eyes acting as animalistic features. The propaganda reveals the tension and fear of the conflict between the two countries. By instilling fear into the people of America, it prompted the whole nation to hate the
Achebe’s article professes that almost everything within Conrad’s novel is an act of pure racism. This, however, is not the case, as Conrad was just telling the truth of what occurred within Africa during the time of European colonization. Hugh Curtler refutes Achebe’s statements in his literary criticism “Political Correctness and the Attack on Great Literature”. This article takes a practical viewpoint about the book and stresses the point that Conrad was trying to explain the events that occurred during his time in Africa in a style of writing for the people at the time. Literary critics like Achebe label Conrad as complete racist, however, he is, in fact, the complete opposite as he utilizes this story as a way to paint a picture of the cruel actions that occurred at the time.
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First of two start of, the most rhetorically influential element of this story is the authors background. While George Orwell is a well-known for being an English author and journalist, he is very famous for being a political satirist. In this story, the audiences can see Orwell’s personal opinions on social and political views. In “Shooting an Elephant,” readers detected Orwell’s opinions on imperialism through the narrator’s display of pathos. Throughout the story, the narrator shows feelings of hatred, doubt, fear, anxiety, and distress at the fact that he is in a position of mocked authority.
The texts are all very different in nature because they target different audiences. Comparing and contrasting the different texts will help us understand how audience and purpose affect the structure and content of texts There is a story. George Orwell, the famous writer, shot an elephant whilst serving in the Indian Imperial Police in Burma. This event forms the basis for Orwell 's essay 'Shooting an Elephant '.
Strength in Numbers During the height of the British Empire the extent of England’s rule stretched to the country of Myanmar, also known as Burma. George Orwell’s narrative essay Shooting an Elephant takes place during this period. In this essay, Orwell voices his distain for imperialism through the perspective of a British police officer stationed in Burma—a colonist. Imperialism, argues Orwell, creates a culture of hate, something that affected him, and in the case that a colony has to be terminated the hate and anguish become much worse.
“We are only falsehood, duplicity, contradiction; we both conceal and disguise ourselves from ourselves, Blaise Pascal.” Individuals in today’s society, influences and pressures people to do actions that they would normally disapprove. Whether it is to smoke, steal something, or even shoot another individual; it often associates with contradiction and much aware/concern. In, Shooting the Elephant, Orwell’s usage of symbolism in the imperialism between the countries of Britain and Burma. During this period of imperialism, Britain had taken over Burma due to a more powerful government and opposing views (on land) .