Imperialism In Shooting An Elephant

Submitted By SneakyZohan
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There are many problems that could use the similar solution as TOMS. One of these is the need for food and resources. I feel that above all good and water are the permanent essentials to relieve a life full of hardships like the ones described in chapter 1. If a system was established to pass along any source of food or resource to the people in need, a dramatic turn of events would follow. The government and many non-profit organizations are blinded by the idea of aiding people who do nothing and expect everything in return. Instead they should focus on aiding people who are completely incapable of helping themselves.After reading "Shooting An Elephant", by the fascinating George Orwell, many things caught my attention. The main focus point for me was the theme of Imperialism. Throughout the story Orwell gives many signs that he is against it and sees it as an unjust act. Looking at Orwell's side of things I completely agree. Imperialism is evil. I feel through Orwell's symbolism imperialism humiliates the occupied people. It seemingly lowers the people to a level of inferiority under the colonizing country. I see this as an experience that is unjustifiable. Imperialism also forces the occupied people into making immoral decisions in order to stay superior over the people. For example in "Shooting An Elephant", Orwell or whom ever the narrator is must turn his back on his own intuition to save himself. Imperialists are known to restrict the freedom of the native people. Doing this they also limit their own freedom by avoiding the correct actions that could provoke the occupied people. In “Shooting an Elephant,” the narrator truly feels that the elephant should live, but he shoots it anyway to satisfy the crowd of natives who want him to