George and military matchless quality, Orwell was powerless to

George
Orwell is a novelist, an author, and essayist. He was born in June 25, 1903 and
passed in January 21, 1950. He was born with the name Eric Arthur Blair in
Motihari, Bengal, where his dad was a worker at the Opium Department of the
Government of India. Orwell’s nationality is British.  One of his most by and large anthropologized essay
is “Shooting an Elephant”. In “Shooting an Elephant”, Orwell narrates how he
shoots an elephant because he is afraid to be considered weak and he did not want
the people to laugh at him. It is inconceivable for one country to subjugate
people from another country without hatred resulting. Colonial rule sooner o
later becomes evil.

            Orwell worked as the sub divisional
police officer of Moulmein, a town in the British colony of Burma. He was a
military occupier, he was hated by much of the village. The Burmese never organized
a full revolt, they expressed their sicken by harassing Europeans at each chance
they had. From the beginning, Orwell builds up that the power elements in
colonial Burma were a long way from high contrast. While he holds emblematic
expert and military matchless quality, Orwell was powerless to stop the corresponds
and mishandle he got from abused Burmese. One day it occurred an incident, the
sub-inspector called him that “an elephant was ravaging the bazaar” (987).  It was not a wild elephant, it has had an
attack of “must”. “Must” happens when tame elephants, held in chains,
break their restrictions and go crazy. It destroyed public and private
property, “killed a cow and raided some fruit-stalls and devoured the stock”
(987). This incident opened Orwell’s eyes, it made him understood better
imperialism because the elephant serves as a symbol of imperialism. An example
of this can be the Burmese who have been colonized and who mistreat Orwell, the
elephant has cause destructive behavior by being mistreated. While its
dangerous conduct, and the Burmese’ more inconspicuous insubordination may not
be unequivocally great things, they are made reasonable given the abusive
conditions both the elephant and the Burmese have needed to continue. Later on,
Orwell saw a man’s dead body, he was an Indian. When he saw this he send an
orderly to a friend’s house to borrow an elephant rifle. When he got the rifle,
some Burman told him that the elephant was near, when Orwell walked there the
people started following him just because they had seen the gun and they wanted
him to shoot the elephant, but that was not his plan, he only got the rifle for
self-defense. Once again, the Burmese seemed to use control over Orwell, subverting
the colonial hierarchy. Orwell was no longer an authority figure, but rather a
spectacle. The power of the Burmese’ expectation was starting to influence
Orwell to feel like he cannot totally control how he handles this issue.  When they saw the elephant he was eating
grass, when Orwell saw it he thought “not to shoot him. It is a serious matter
to shoot a working elephant, it is comparable to destroying a huge and costly
piece of machinery” (988). He made the decision not to shoot him, after he made
it he looked back at the crowd, there were at least two thousand, by being set in
front of all the crowd, Orwell has been compelled to go up against a
performative persona that influences him to act counter to each sensible
motivation he has. Orwell, the imperialist, cannot do anything else besides
what the Burmese wants him to do. He is forced by having to “impress” his domain’s
subjects by exemplifying the “conventionalized figure” of Western
authority. Along these lines, Orwell reflected, “when the white man turns
tyrant it is his own freedom that he destroys” (989). Orwell realized that he
was responsible to killing the elephant the minute he ordered a rifle. He
engages the likelihood of doing nothing and giving the elephant a chance to
live, however, infers this would influence the crowd to laugh at him. His whole
mission as a colonialist, he said, is not to be laughed at, therefore, saving
the elephant is not an alternative. He still did not wanted to kill the animal.
Also, murdering an elephant is a misuse of a costly product. Local people
disclose to Orwell that the elephant has minded it self’s own business yet may
charge if incited. Orwell chooses that the most ideal approach to deal with the
circumstance is approach the elephant to test its demeanor and just mischief
the creature on the off chance that it acted forcefully. Be that as it may, to
do this would imperil Orwell, more awful still, he would resemble a dolt if the
elephant damaged him in front of the locals. Orwell said, “there was only one
alternative” (989) and he loaded the gun and took aim at the elephant. Afterwards,
the elephant’s owner was angry, but, he was an Indian, had no legal resource. Older
British people agreed with the choice Orwell made, the younger ones did not
agreed. Orwell wondered “whether any of the others grasped that I had done it
solely to avoid looking like a fool” (990).  

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            In conclusion, the narrator does not
personally want to shoot the elephant and make it endure a difficult death, but
since of his position as the delegate of British law he should, and he does. Later
he is torn with horrendous feelings of pity at seeing the elephant’s death.