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. Orwell begins his piece of writing with an extremely weak character that has been mocked and laughed at by the people of Burma.
For example, in the scene where Carleson is going to shoot Candy’s old dog, the silence is the huge elephant in the room, no one wants to talk about what is bound to happen because they see how it affects Candy. This leads into another example, the silence affects everyone in different ways. Obviously Candy seems to lament his decision of letting Carleson impetuously kill Candy’s dog for him. We know this because Candy only stares at the ceiling looking solemn. George tries to deal with the silence by offering a game of euchre to the other men.
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’s “Shooting an Elephant” George Orwell’s essay “Shooting an Elephant” is a “perplexing” account of life in India during times of British rule, through the eyes of a European Police Officer. His experience contains matters of oppression, conflict, and feelings that help to reveal the true, evil nature of Imperialism. Oppression is one of the faces of evil in this essay. The first instance of oppression is when we learn the conditions of being a Burman. The Burmese people, due to the British, live in huts and are overruled by British Imperialists.
The people in the drive-in movie were trying to avoid getting bit by the mosquitoes; but it was also a metaphor for the Native Americans fighting the “white men.” She explains they are trying to keep the mosquitos out but nothing would keep them away; which is also like the Natives fighting to keep their land, but could not win. “They break through the smoke screen for blood” is describing the Whites getting in and killing many people. Similarly, in Sherman Alexie 's poem, he states “Cain lifts Crow, that heavy black bird and strikes down Abel. Damn, says Crow, I guess this is just the beginning” (Alexie 1). He is also using a metaphor for the struggle the Native American people barred.
“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.
“ Rikki-tikki-tavi,” by Richard Kipling, Rikki had a right to proud of himself but not too proud because he saved the English family from getting killed by the snakes. Rikki-tikki did some unintelligent things that could have killed him, but he fought off the snakes that could have killed the small english family in the bungalow. Rikki saved the father of Teddy by fighting off Nag.” Rikki tikki saw Nag and Nagaina in the bathroom, and decided after Nagina left the he needed to kill nag. Rikk told himself that if he didn 't jump on Naga 's back and break it the first kill, he would still be able to fight. Rikki said that he needed to jump on Nags head and hold there until Nag was dead.
Tom becomes despondent and tries to escape, and is at the zenith of the fence but then gets shot and dies. When Atticus breaks the grievous news to Scout, Aunt Alexandra and Calpurnia he says that, “Tom was tired of white men’s chances and preferred to take his own” (315). This means that Tom was tired of waiting on the white men, because they had not done anything good for him in his life. Being oblivious to the fact that Atticus could set him free he tries to escape because he does not think Atticus can do it. All in all Tom dies for no reason and represents a mockingbird because of that.
However in the film of Beowulf he dies in honor for his kingdom for his people because he actually owned up to his responsibilities and owns up to his mistakes. Whereas in the story he just thinks that he has to kill this dragon so he can be popular and be known as a hero, but dying in honor is dying for your people not because you 're rich or because you want your name to be
In “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell, the author writes about his experience with dealing a rampant elephant in British Colonial Burma. Privilege is usually viewed as a positive attribute, however Orwell explores all of the negatives that privileges can bring, which can be applied to modern day social expectations and politics. In order to highlight its effects on a personal and a widespread level, he uses the rhetorical device of figurative language. The figurative language__________ Throughout the text, the author reveals the notion that privilege is a double edge sword which causes personal conflicts and the illusion of power. Orwell uses imagery to show personal conflicts in the main character.
It always seems as if life turns out to be much easier when people model their lives after the expectations of any kind of majority. George Orwell’s experience in Shooting an Elephant suggests that this isn’t always the case. In the essay, Orwell happens to be the police officer that gets tasked to re-gain control of a rampaging elephant that is destroying Moulmein, Burma. Orwell soon learns that the elephant is merely going through a period of “must” and is hesitant to kill the elephant. Orwell eventually kills the elephant with his special rifle after he was baited into doing the action by a large crowd of residents.
This shows it is dangerous to transport these animals. Many deaths of elephants occur in the circuses. Ringling Bros. was charged with violations of the Animal Welfare Act after the circus forced Kenny, a three year old elephant, to perform even thought the animal was obviously sick. A veterinarian checking on the elephants that same day said he “should remain in the barn,” an hour after Kenny’s last performance, he passed away. Circus owners care about fame and fortune, not about the health of the
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.
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. Because the elephant has so much power, he stepped on a man and literally excoriated the man’s back like a squirrel.