Imperialism In George Orwell's Shooting An Elephant

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The True Nature of Imperialism
In Shooting An Elephant, written in 1936, George Orwell tells about his experience of imperialism when he was once confronted with a conflicting task of deciding to kill an elephant or to leave it peacefully. It all began when he was on duty as a sub-divisional police in Burma and he got a call telling about a tame elephant who had escaped its home. As Orwell was told the elephant went through the bazaar ravaging everything it saw in its path. Upon seeing a dead coolie that the elephant had viciously killed along its way, Orwell knew he should do something and orders himself an elephant rifle. Then, since nearly all the people from the bazaar started following him as he hunted down the elephant, Orwell began to feel the people’s
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His testimony is not only accurate, but also relevant to the events occurring during his time period and the problems that he and many others could have faced. Throughout Orwell’s story, he mentions the elephant numerous times. Both Orwell and the elephant are the central characters in this story with the Burmese population and the dead Dravidian coolie being the minor characters. The connection between him and the elephant can be closely related to that of imperialism. Because this story was written in 1950 when Britain raped numerous lands, Burma was already held by Britain and this whole story is told through the eyes of Orwell and revolves with his thoughts towards tyranny. Plenty of times Orwell also uses negative connotation like evil, bitter, agony, and desperate. All this signifies his conflict and hatred towards the British rule and his insecurity in its environment, although he clearly represents them. In this case, the elephant can be perceived as a symbol of India, since it is their working animal, and Orwell can