Shooting an Elephant

Essay by naomi77660High School, 11th grade October 2014

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Subject: Shooting an Elephant Essay

Grade: 11.3

Date: September 2014

George Orwell whose real name was Eric Blair, was born in Motihari, India at 1903 and he passed in London at 1950. He was a British writer known for his dystopian novels such as "Animal Farm" and "1984." Orwell was sent to boarding school just like the others and during his schooling years he notice that the rich students were treated better than the poor ones. His family didn't have enough money for his education after he finished high school. Therefore, he participated at the Indian Imperial Police Force and after five years in Burma he left and decided to make it as a writer.

"Shooting an Elephant" is about a man named "George Orwell" who is a white guy dressed in a police officer suit in the lower Burma and he truly hated his job.

He decides to write this short story explaining the bad experience he had being a police officer. The reason why "This happened to me more than once. In the end the sneering yellow faces of young men that met me everywhere, the insults hooted after me when I was at a safe distance, got badly on my nerves." George Orwell hated his job was because the people of Burma insulted and laughed at him. The people of Burma thought that he was attacking their town therefore, they made his working life a living hell. We can see how the Burmese had an effect on Orwell.

The narrator uses metaphor "I was an absurd puppet pushed to and fro by the will of those yellow faces behind me." The "absurd puppet" represents Orwell that is being controlled by the Burmese and forced to do things against his will.