Figurative Language In Shooting An Elephant

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This passage was to entertain with a story that’s directed towards readers. It includes the characters’ experience with in-depth details such as, “ I shoved the cartridges into the magazine and lay down on the road…” and “the crowd grew very still, and a deep, low, happy sigh…”. The author also includes contrasting decisions as to whether or not he should shoot the elephant, “But I didn’t want to shoot the elephant”, “Beasts’ owner to consider”, and readers should infer that the elephant is destructive, powerful, and dangerous. The author uses a lot of literary devices and figurative language within the passage. In the beginning he compared the elephant to a person with “grandmotherly air” which was a metaphor. The author also includes how the “blood welled out of him like red velvet” and these help create vivid imagery and the readers can have a vision and feel like it came to life.…show more content…
The character starts off with “not wanting to shoot the elephant” and his reasoning why (it was considered murder in his opinion). He then thinks about the elephant as a “beast” and makes up his mind to pull the trigger. After shooting the elephant several times, without it fully dieing, he “could not stand it any longer and went away”. He had to kill/injure the elephant in his mind because it was the right thing to do, but in his heart he thought it was wrong and didn't want. So its a difference in what you must do vs what you want to do. When he did an action, it was in a short and simple sentence and anything other than his personal self were detailed and complex, “I fired again into the same spot” vs “At the second shot he did not collapse but climbed with desperate slowness to his feet…” and “I got up” vs “The Burmans were already racing past me across the

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