Rhetorical Analysis Of George Orwell's Shooting An Elephant

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Advaitha Nair 10KBOU AP English Shooting an Elephant: Rhetorical Analysis Essay Draft English novelist George Orwell’s personal narrative “Shooting an Elephant” was written in 1936, during the British Imperialism of Burma. This personal narrative contains the subject of imperialism and of what the both the British and the Burmese went through during this period of time. The occasion is the British Imperialism of Burma with the setting being in Burma (because Orwell mentions it) and a particular event where a British official (the author) is forced to kill the elephant in front of the Burmese. The audience is for people who want to know what is like for the people experiencing imperialism first-hand. The purpose is to inform people about what imperialism is like and what the…show more content…
The speaker George Orwell, who was a member of the British Imperial Police for five years and discovered he did not like many aspects of British Imperialism. The tone is of negative and remorse towards the shooting of the elephant and also negativity towards imperialism. By looking at “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell, one can see his strong use of imagery and metaphors, which shows us detailed and vivid descriptions of what imperialism is like, which is important because it helps people understand what imperialism felt like up-close and what the people went through. This personal narrative incorporates a great deal of ethos, since the author writes about his emotions and feelings of going through such an event. This narrative also contains pathos, since Orwell is a writer who has had first-hand experience in being in the place while British Imperialism was going on in Burma. This affects the overall consequences of the narrative as it enables the reader to visualize and think more about how the author must have felt while the events of the narrative were unfolding around him. It also enables
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