Shooting The Elephant Analysis

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Symbols in the stories were very powerful, it may hide the deeper meanings and theme behind them which the author want the reader to discover and understand by them-self. Main body. When you see a balloon, you can say it was just a balloon, on the other hand, it can also represent hope. Literary is very profound, interesting, and inspiring art. Ostensibly, it might be just a fun, interesting or tightness story. But we can’t ignore or miss the power of the word, the word can show the social condition, history, so on. Shooting an elephant –by George Orwell (Orwell, 1936), A woman on a Roof – by Doris Lessing (Lessing, 1963), and A Clean Well- Lit Place - Ernest Hemingway (Hemingway, 1933), these are the very interesting stories which got some…show more content…
This story was talking about a British police officer in Lower Burma got the information that there is one elephant was causing damage in the town, and the officer killed the elephant in the end. The symbol of this story I will identify as the ‘Elephant’. The elephant can be represented as a symbol of the people oppressed by the British Imperialism and also the British Empire. (Viswanathan, Apr 19) George Orwell used the elephant as the symbol is because the elephant is a very strong and huge animal on the ground, and at that time, a live elephant can make big money and very valuable and expensive. Therefore, in India elephant was an animal which gains lots of respected. This kind of values can link with the power of British Empire. After the First World War, UK has the depression of the power in the world, and it leads the slowly falls of British empire. (Balaji Viswanathan, Apr 19) In Shooting an elephant, based on the elephant and also the crowd of people, carries out the theme of the pressure made by the colony to the British empire, the rise of awareness of the colonial sovereignty and the fall of the British empire. (Littlehale, 2012) The colonialism was obviously have been implanted in this story. During the moment that the police officer was thinking that should he kill the elephant or let it goes free. At that time the crowd of people around was lobbying him to kill the elephant, and it shows the pressure that the colony gives…show more content…
This was a seven days’ short story about a woman who used to wear a bikini to enjoy the sunbath and the three men workers (Tom, Harry, and Stanley) who’s working under the very sunny and hot weather. Based on my personal thoughts. The red bikini, the woman’s reaction to those workers and also those three men workers as the main symbols for this story. (Flander, July 9, 2006) The theme of the rise of the feminist movement and the male’s self-awareness or male chauvinism in that period of times. Those symbols acted as the important role to brings out the theme. The red bikini, in that time the first feminist movement happened, but bikini was not a normal dressing during that time, because feminism was not really fully accepted in the reality, so in the story the woman who wear the red bikini in the open area, it is seen as a very unusual phenomenon. It shows the female power was growing, the breakthrough about the thinking of man chauvinism. There for the symbol of the woman’s action of ignoring the worker in the scenario and also the rejection to one of the men worker Tom, she shouted to Tom and told him to go away was the showing of woman awareness against the man chauvinism, the rise of feminist movement in the society, and Tom was only a 17 years old young boy, and the woman shouted to him, which shattered his fantasy. It can bring out the feminism in that era is starting to revolt the unfair treatment. And those three workers can be
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