“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.
The last use of imagery Orwell embeds in his essay when he says, “The evil-spirited little beasts who tried to make my job impossible.” This imagery is used to show the retaliation of the Burmese people to the British. The amount of hostility the Burmese has against not just the British soldiers but anyone associated with the
He had to fill a role as a policeman. He had to seem unafraid and live up to the expectations of the people. He didn’t want to disappoint anyone or look like a fool in front of anybody, especially a Burman. On page 327, he says, “…but in reality I was only an absurd puppet pushed to and fro…” Lastly, the shooting of an Elephant made many people unhappy, especially the owner. He says on page 330, “The owner was furious, but he was only an Indian and could do nothing.
George Orwell’s personal narrative, “Shooting an Elephant,” invites readers to experience his powerful story of conflicting ideas and harsh decisions. “Shooting an Elephant,” tells the tale of George Orwell, and imperial police officer in Burma, and the choices he needs to make about an elephant that has gone must. Orwell’s choice of wether or not to shoot the elephant is a battle of morality and could potentially risk his position and respect as an imperial officer. Orwell’s personal narrative recounts his struggle of making a decision for himself, society, and the push and pull of British Imperialism. Upon seeing the elephant that has gone must, Orwell knows he does not want to shoot the elephant; however, the Burmese people are expecting Orwell to
Victorians wanted a separation between them and the “freaks” because this realization that anyone could become Mr. Hyde was terrifying. Society shunned and hated them because aristocrats believed that is what they could become if they strayed from the righteous path. This scene when Mr. Enfield first meets Mr. Hyde expresses that ideal perfectly, replying to Mr. Utterson
In the “Tell-Tale Heart”, by Edgar Allen Poe, the cocky, excited, and defensive tones reflect his self-consciousness and how easily he turns to anger, irrationally. Poe’s diction heightens the cocky tone, which is seen as the narrator describes his foolproof plan. The narrator believes he can do anything “healthily” and “calmly” even though he admits to having the disease. He is proud of how “stealthily, stealthily” he planned the murder and “went boldly into the [old man’s] chamber, and spoke courageously”, so sure of himself that he even went into the man’s house. He cheerfully asks, “What had I to fear?” as he shows the police everywhere.
In Inherit the Wind Henry Drummond calls Brady to the stand and asks him clever questions such as, “Then why did god plague us with the power to think? Mr. Brady, why do you deny the one faculty which lifts man above all other creatures on the earth: the power of his brain to reason. What other merit have we? The elephant is larger, the horse is stronger and swifter, the butterfly is more beautiful, the mosquito more prolific, even the simple sponge is more durable (wheeling on Brady) or does the sponge think?” (Lawrence and lee 83). The reason he is witty from that is because he knew Brady’s weakness and he used it to his advantage to kind of corner him.
Another part of evil is that it is created by how the person, or in this case monster, is treated, therefore Grendel cannot be completely blamed for who he has become. The people gave him no chance to fit into society, and immediately assumed that he meant to do harm the first time they saw him. Although at first he was curious about the humans, he did not believe in their morals and ethics as a tribe. He was disgusted that they would kill others for pure power, and slaughter their animals to cause even more havoc for other civilizations. This is best
Firstly, he is concerned for what will come in the future not what’s in the present. “Presents fears are less than horrible imaginings;”(136-137) meaning the present dangers of the end of the war are less terrifying than what he is picturing in his head. Then he continues with the thoughts of murdering for the crown and how he would love to do it, but it’s so unlike him to think of murdering the king to gain power makes him unrecognizable to himself. “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function is smothered in surmise, and nothing is what is not.’ (138-141). No matter how much he wants the crown he would not kill for it and Macbeth is trying to coerce himself out of the thoughts of murder by saying at the end how he wants what isn’t yet real.