Literature and Language
08 June 2017
Shooting an Elephant
The protagonist in the story is the narrator himself who is George Orwell and if I were to write a letter addressed to him I would say that he has an impact on solving the problem. The elephant that goes on a rampage needs to be contained, yet no one is courageous enough to do so in the fear or being crushed by the elephant. The protagonist sacrifices his safety to shoot the elephant instead of asking someone else to do it. In addition to this, he was pressured by t
The elephant is the essential manifestation of nature in the essay; the descriptive language used to portray both its existence and its actions reflects a sense of greatness, even divinity, though there's no apparent religious aspect to any of Orwell's terms. What is important is that in contrast to the elephant's sublime beauty, its killing comes off as the worst act of vandalism, indeed, as Orwell says, "like murder" (34). Alongside the elephant are the primitive Burmese people whom we see living in thatch huts; we see children naked; they are represented in a way that connects them to nature. As the killing of the elephant is shown to be wrong, so too the subduing of the Burmese people.