gave me a sufficient pretext for shooting the elephant. For at that moment, with the crowd watching me, I was not afraid in the ordinary sense, as I would have been if I had been alone. A white man mustn't be frightened in front of natives; and so, in general, he isn't frightened. It was obvious that the elephant would never rise again, but he was not dead. Britain's cold and grey and poor, and we are sunny and warm and not too badly off. It is a serious matter to shoot a working elephant it is comparable to destroying a huge and costly piece of machinery and obviously one ought not to do it if it can possibly be avoided. In the bazaar (the market for. The death of the elephant is a parallel of how the British empire struggled to suppress the Burman people.
First published: autumn 1936 by/in New Writing, GB, London. In Shooting an, elephant, Orwell draws on his own experiences of shooting an elephant in Burma. This elephant has been terrorizing a bazaar, but the narrator has serious misgivings about shooting.
Shooting an Elephant How is Orwell's attitude toward his job ambivalent? They want to see the spectacle. I ought, therefore, as the elephant was sideways on, to have aimed straight at his ear-hole, actually I aimed several inches in front of this, thinking the brain would be further forward. They harass him and mock him and seek opportunities to laugh at him. Orwell, who uses this phrase, describes it this way: the. He fires again and it comes back up, dramatically rising on hind legs and lifting its trunk before thundering to the earth. The older ones think he did. The feeling of oppression that is caused by the elephant is strengthened when the elephant is found and the people were watching the narrator the way they would watch a conjurer about to perform a trick (22 meaning he is just there to put. But the main benefit is that our often thoroughly-corrupt politicians cannot change the political system and elect themselves dictator president-for-life.