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Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell Short Summary


A summary of Shooting an Elephant The shooting of an Elephant by Orwell has its setting in Moulmein in Lower Burma. The author’s job in this instance is to respond to a given report that concerns the loss of a resident man who was killed by an elephant in Musth. After finding the man, Orwell experiences the pressure of the crowd that persistently urges him to shoot the killer elephant, but he actually comes to the realization that the elephant is harmless and he does not shoot the elephant at that particular instance.

After denying to have shot the elephant, he faces the reality that he will be humiliated by the mob and goes ahead to shoot it. After shooting the elephant three times, it does not die and he fires some other two shots towards the direction of the elephant’s heart. The narrator openly displays his unsympathetic actions during both the shooting of the elephant and its aftermath. He admits that he is relieved and his fellow police officers go ahead and say that he performed the right action by killing the elephant, most argue that he saved his face by doing the shooting.
Finally, throughout the whole essay, the narrator coins his theme about the effects of imperialism on both the oppressor and the oppressed. George Orwell’s essay is, however, a more than one person’s fascinating tale about the beginning of an awareness. The essay captures a global experience of going against a person’s humanity the cost of a part of that humanity.

Orwell, G. (1984). Shooting an elephant and other essays. San Diego: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich.

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