Where he says, “But even then I was not thinking particularly of my own skin, only of the watchful yellow faces behind”, was implying the fact that he wanted the town to recognize him. It, no doubt, made him feel like he should be the hero. He had two choices: kill the elephant or let it go, and what did he choose? He chose to kill it all to get praised by the people. He didn’t care how if felt.
There are numerous themes in this short story such as British imperialism and colonial resentment however the most prominent theme in this story is fear of humiliation and the effect peer- pressure has on an individual. The setting of Burma helps work with this theme as it provides an area for the plot to take place and develop. After marching miles to the destination of the elephant, a crowd had surrounded George Orwell and encourages Orwell to kill the elephant. George Orwell is compelled to kill the once ravaging elephant due to the fact that Orwell wants to avoid looking like a fool. George Orwell is willing to sacrifice his role of doing the right thing and fulfilling the Burmese wishes in order to save himself from
As a result, he has an inner debate in believing if killing the animal was the right thing to do or not, “it seemed to me that it would be murder to shoot him” (4) allows the readers to understand the importance of the elephant. Orwell describes the elephant as a “huge and costly piece of machinery” (3) and feels that it is
The crowd expected him to kill the elephant and he felt that he was obliged to act in this way. Eventually, under this pressure he acted against his own wish and he killed it. After the elephant’s death opinions about the incident were divided among the people. Some of them said it was right thing to do, while others said that it was a shame to kill the elephant. In the end he was happy that an Indian coolie was killed by the elephant, because it gave him a good reason to shoot it.
Every second is tortue, every minute—blinding agony. Whatever the narrator was feeling before, there are surely feelings of regret now; however, he has no feelings. In the end it’s revealed that the narrator simply killed the elephant because he wanted to avoid looking like a fool (???). This apathy further demonstrates how severely the Burmans are mistreated. If a man is too focused on public opinion to do his job correctly than how much more will he fail to aid the Burmans when they need
Elephent of a Nation “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell is a story about his time as a police officer working for the British Empire in Burma. Orwell discusses his clear disapproval of the European intrusion into the country of Burma. Orwell mentions that he struggled with the fact that he empathized with the Burmese against their oppressors, yet he found himself stuck between hating the Empire and the disdain he felt towards the people he was supposed to protect. Until finally, something happened that allowed him to get a certain level of perspective on British colonialism imperialism he did not have before; he received a call that an elephant has gone “must” and his help was required. After some time tracking down the animal and talking
Throughout “Shooting An Elephant” , Orwell’s narrative style brings out internal and external conflicts that are relatable in society today. The narrator faces multiple internal and external conflicts. One external conflict being the Burmese and how they mock him because he is a representative of the British Empire, but he will do what it takes to show them he is not a fool. "I often wondered whether any of the others grasped that I had done it solely to avoid looking a fool."(Orwell). In
When the Choragos tried to tell Creon that he made a mistake by telling that nobody can bury the body of Polyneices. Creon did not want to listen to the people of Thebes who tried to tell him that Antigone did the right thing, but of fear to Creon the could not really say anything. At the end of the play, Creon comes to realize his tragic flaw after he ultimately caused all of his family and Antigone deaths. Creon lost his will to live after this point, unwilling to forgive himself for the attroisty he caused. The same can be said for Antigone.
He has a rifle and this makes the crowd extremely happy because they believed that he was going to shoot the elephant who had caused chaos and killed one coolie. Even though Orwell felt pressure from the crowd, he felt some sort of resentment towards the elephant when he saw how peaceful it looked in the fields. “It seemed to me that it would be murder to shoot him” (Orwell 299-300). Orwell wanted to show the crowd that he is not scared, even though he would have to kill the elephant who seems very harmless in the field. Orwell did not want to be taken as a joke, he wanted them to respect him.
The townspeople become excited when they finally see a police officer armed with a weapon that is ready to end the destruction of the “rampaging” elephant. However, the narrator has no intentions of killing the animal. Actually, he knows that he does not want to kill the elephant as he was it as a “serious matter to shoot a working elephant – it is comparable to destroying a huge and costly piece of machinery – and obviously one ought not to do it if it can possibly be avoided” (4). At this point in the story, his conflict transgresses to more than just right versus wrong. He now feels pressured to either please the “natives’ and take down this “beast”, fulfill his role as a white British policeman, or to do what he believes is the best thing to do.
The true definition of a “reading disorder” was not defined properly. This make it harder for readers to understand Ferreday due to the lack of understanding of what a “reading disorder” is in context of her argument. She supports her statements by using different sources as supporting evidence. The random transition between the different sources to support her argument aids in creating confusion for readers as well as lack of drive to read this literary work to completion. The structure of the article determines the easiness of comprehension of the main
"(50) The people were afraid of the top officers would catch them killing themselves or else they might "finish you off". The top SS officers need to be communicating to the minor SS officers to make a plan to end the Holocaust.The other quote is "It all went well. Do not worry. Nothing will will happen to anyone. Not to anyone...."(72) This means that the Top SS officers are telling the minor officers to say do not worry to the prisoners but it is not true.
Your perspective is reality, true or not it is. However, when something happens and you your perspective is lost is it true that you lose your sense of reality? Or perhaps you don 't lose reality but rather gain perspective, which can be confusing in a whole other light. Author Tim O’Brien, through his narrative, The Things They Carried, emphasises the idea the perhaps there is no way to lose perspective; instead you are constantly gaining it causes more confusion while you 're still writing your story. But perhaps when you take a step back after you’ve made it through the mess the pieces (the memorable moments good and bad) seem to fall into place creating a glance “across the surface of my [your] history” (233).
Every time a mass shooting occurs Republican politicians make a number of excuses, but the one excuse that is ubiquitous around the Republican world is that the problem is mental illness and not the abundance of guns. If one were to make this excuse, they should probably not pass a law that gives mentally ill people more access to these weapons. (Waldman) III. All that gun control will do to this nation is make the citizens defenseless and weak. Gun control will make the people of the US weak because they will not be able to protect themselves when a dangerous man has gotten a gun illegally and wants to harm.