Shooting An Elephant Essay

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After the Industrial Revolution, the act of stronger countries taking control of weaker countries became a common practice of colonization or Imperialism. When one think of “Imperialism” they might think of the country and the people that have been taken over. Their resources are being taken, their people are being mistreated so of course people will feel bad for the conquered countries. What people don't know is that imperialism is a double edge sword. In the story “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell, we are shown Orwell's view on British's Imperialism, though the British empire found use in Imperialism, Orwell found faults and that it hurts the conqueror as much as it hurts the ...view middle of the document...

Orwell has experiences in the past that had started to lead him to his current feelings on the British imperialism. Orwell had told us that, “In a job like that you see the dirty work of Empire at close quarters. The wretched prisoners huddling in the stinking cages of the of the locked-ups, the grey, cowed faces of the long-term convicts, the scarred buttocks of the men who had been flogged with bamboos – all these oppressed me with an intolerable sense of guilt” (694). The prisoner are treated like animals, as though they did not have any humanity. Being a police officer in Moulmein, Orwell was able to see a great deal of the treatment of the prisoners. Because Britain used their oppressing power to keep Burma under their rule, so they think that they can treat the people of the oppressed country anyway they want. Having seen such a sight of degrading of humans, one must think to themselves if what they are doing is right. Orwell does not want anything to do with the British imperialism in Burma. Though he could not say his distrust out loud, “- and secretly, of course - I was all for the Burmese and all against their oppressors, the British” (694). He no longer agreed with the ways of his country and knows that people should be treated in a much better matter then this. Orwell at that time named Eric Blair moved to Moulmein Burma in April 1926 and also choose to be posted there because his grandmother lived there and he had family connections with the area. Orwell also became proficient in learning the language of Burmese. He started to feel guilty in the role he had in the British empire so he “began to look more closely at his own country and saw that England also had its oppressed…” (George Orwell Biography, par 9). With having family in the country of his posting and growing to learn more about the people of the country, must have helped him with his decision to side with the Burmese people. But because of his righteous sense of humanity the job he had that made him see such inhumane ways of the treatment of prisoners made Orwell feel an “...intolerable sense of guilt.” The guilt he felt kept him oppressed, he was a prisoner of his own feelings.
The people of Burma kept their eyes close to the British, holding hostility towards them they wanted to find anything that would tarnish the British reputation. He starts off telling us that he was going out to see an rampaging elephant, but he gets there he sees nothing but a docile creature, “...no more dangerous then a cow” (696). By seeing it eat peacefully Orwell thought of just watching it then going home when he knows it will no longer cause anymore trouble. But there is a reason why Orwell called the inhabitants of Burma, “evil-spirited little beasts who tried to make my job impossible” (694). Orwell was part of the oppressor police force, so the Burmese were naturally hostile. In Burma Buddhist monks went around preaching against the British rule. They even tried to take steps towards...

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