Peer Pressure In George Orwell's Shooting An Elephant

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At a young age, parents tend to teach their child right from wrong. They teach you this to become responsible, so when your an adult you do not have to rely on them while making decisions. In George Orwell's Shooting an Elephant, we notice he wanted to do the right thing by not shooting the elephant but gave into peer pressure to fit in. The narrator felt the need he had to shoot the elephant because the people of Burma were frightened and he wanted to be their hero. Peer pressure can lead people to do bad things for what they think are good reasons but are actually not. "I did not in the least want to shoot him." (Orwell). The narrator lets us know the feeling he was going through and obviously did not intend on shooting the elephant. Although, No one ever convinced him to take action and shoot the elephant. He simply shot the elephant for his own personal feelings of not wanting to be rejected and to feel like a hero. "I often wondered whether any of the others grasped that I had done it …show more content…

The audience could tell he regretted it by the way he described the pain and agony of the elephant."I heard the devilish roar of glee that went up from the crowd...He looked suddenly stricken, shrunken, immensely old, as though the frightful impact of the bullet had paralysed him without knocking him down." (Orwell). He chose the words "devilish roar" on purpose to represent the darkness and fear. Also letting his audience know that he was influenced by the people to shoot this elephant and immediately regretted it. Therefore, the narrator fell under peer pressure by the Burma people by shooting the elephant. With that being said he should've stuck to his gut and his instinct to not kill the poor animal instead of trying to win over the Burma people and look like a hero. All in all he was trying to do the right thing and help the people, instead he killed an elephant during must in cold blood to feel

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