Shooting An Elephant Imperialism

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The short story “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell, he says “When the white man turns tyrant it is his own freedom that he destroys.” The man who fought the Spanish Civil war when he himself was an English. I can assume that he was man who love the idea of free will for people and the government cannot control him. I believe that Orwell is referencing many things with this quote. One can say that he is referencing the British Raj, which is the imperial government in India and Burma. He says that “British Raj as an unbreakable tyranny.”(276) He uses the latin phrase, in saecula saeculorum, which means forever, to describe the Raj. Orwell call the Raj tyrant because he references torturing prisoners in the short stories. One can argue even though he is in Burma the British still rule with an iron fist and actually he is the first.…show more content…
Orwell hates imperialism but he is the person that enforces the law, but he wants to make mistakes so he can get fired. Someone could say that the elephant is the tyrant. Elephant kills an innocent villager and the whole village wants revenge. This could be compared to the Boston Massacre. The colonies want revenge for the deaths of their neighbors, as the British soldiers felt threat by the mob and shot and fire. The soldiers are doing a naturally reaction much like the elephant, while the colonies wanted the soldiers to be put to death. Expect that John Adams defeated the soldier to get a fair trial. Orwell give into the mob and shoot and killed the elephant. Can also say when tyrant dies people lose their minds. When the elephant died nothing was left much after a tyrant dies nobodys wants to remember who that person was or what he

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