“Shooting an elephant” and “A modest proposal” are two essays where expresses Orwell’s feelings directly, while Swift presents his feelings through a projector (one who forms schemes or designs) whose attitude is cold and unsympathetic. To begin with, there were be a comparison between the following essays: “Shooting an elephant” and “A modest proposal” and a summary of both essays. During the 1800’s, Great Britain fought several wars against Burma (Myanmar); hoping to secure a better trade route with China. In addition, Myanmar won their independence in 1948. On the other hand, “A Modest proposal” grows out of Swift’s furious indignation, his disgust with English oppression, and Irish corruption and stupidity.
Why was the elephant shot? Why do the British insist on ruining countless Burman lives? The answer, it seems, is that there is no reason, at least, no good reason. By extending the shooting scene, Orwell makes the elephant’s death more meaningful than it’s life and that is what has happened in Burma. The people there are valued more for doing what the British want rather than what they are good at; not being able to do what you’re good at is a kind of death.
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
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
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. Actually he killed the elephant not because of the coolie, he killed it because he was afraid of looking like a fool in front of the natives. You may ask a question where the motive for this action comes from. Actually, this is how the oppressor becomes oppressed in imperialism. The situation which is described in the story shows us that motives for our actions do not depend on us all the time.
Shooting an elephant, by George Orwell (1936) The internal struggle of George Orwell in regard to his conscience in terms of his stance towards the British Empire and the native Burmese is one of the main characterstics of Shooting an elephant. Orwell himself opposes the British empire, but due to the role he is required to play, as a police officer, his physical appearance indicates that he opposes the native Burmans. His role as a police officer disables him to interact with the Burmans on an equal level; the narrator is required to keep the Burmans in their subordinate place. Though Orwell doesn’t completely oppose the Burmans, he despises and loathes them for ridiculing him and laughing at him. His conscience really struggles when he is about to shoot the elephant, because he knows that the main
Quora defines social injustice as "the elimination of various human rights from a broad variance of unfair treatment that creates negative outcomes for a minority, aggregate, or underserved population." It has been said that George Orwell loved to look for people and organizations to wage verbal war with, that he had a tendency to blow small issues out of proportion, but is that what he is doing in his piece, "Shooting An Elephant"? Orwell grew up in India and knew firsthand the struggles these people went through. Few people outside of India knew or cared what went on there. To Britain, India was nothing more than an untapped resource to bleed dry, and a people to extort (or to "convert" depending on whose side you believe).
While the rest of the ruling party forgot what they were fighting for and many were enticed by the treacherous British. He mentioned the people who are against his party aren’t revolutionary’s, they are the bankers and traders. People who look any ware for their next dollar. Though Thomas Jefferson see’s all this, he knows the people can fight it, by waking up and realizing the wrong of their current state and remember what they fought for. In essences, Jefferson is saying that the Federalist, who are controlling the government, forgot about the need for liberty and justice.
Peer pressure is the influence of one 's peers on another to do something good or bad. George Orwell was a British police officer in Burma, and Britain was still practicing Imperialism in this country. The foreign British in this country were not welcomed by the locals. When an Elephant goes into must in the middle of town, and starts tearing stuff up, the locals turn the Only British officer around. George Orwell is the only police officer who can do anything about the beast destroying the town.
Comrade Sun, is adapted from the Monkey King whose religious name is Walkman Sun, his characteristic is righteous, hate evil as enemy, strong ability, loyalty to leader, the difference is the original one is pro-freedom (critics to feudalism) the adapted one is pursuing rule of law (anti-corruption). The leader, comrade Tang, incompetent but have guanxi to become leader, only obey leaders words, which can be understood as Buddha sutras in the original text, finally betray comrade Sun. Comrade Zhu is the Pig, lust and gluttony, and lazy. Comrade Sha is ordinary and the white horse is the driver, their role is similar to the original text. The corrupted officials is monster, suppress publics for their own interest, in the original text, monsters usually eat ordinary people.