In this way the elephant is a symbol of oppression because the elephant is forcing the narrator to make a decision about where he has to stand on the issue of shooting in order to maintain a specific outward appearance.
"Shooting an Elephant" is the story of a British policeman in Moulmein, a city in Burma, that is torn between shooting or not shooting an elephant that has gone ramped.
Orwell's experience with the elephant provided the insight for his essay, and gives a clear example of the control the natives have over the authorities.
He comes to terms with the role he plays in this vicious cycle of oppression , as an imperial servant, and the influence it has on him to shoot an elephant....
The narrator at this point has had his opinion about imperialism reflect on his actions by almost turning around and forgetting about shooting the elephant.
The elephant is a metaphor for many things like this mans job, the british empire and the native people.
By Ryan, Hannah, Callum and Lorielle
Key points(your notes)
-The elephant represents a symbol of oppression for the Burman people
-This is done through the animal imagery used surrounding the Burman people.
-The death of the elephant is a parallel of how the British empire struggled to suppress the Burman people
-The elephant can be used to represent his oppression by his job
-This is done through the parallels between the elephant and the narrator
-This parallel is used through the imagery related to sentience that the narrator uses for the elephant and the animal imagery the narrator uses for the Burman people.
-Another parallel that shows this is how he treats the Burmese people the same as the elephant does and how he feels the Burmese people try to oppress both the narrator and the elephant.
Key Points (your notes)
-The elephant in this case represents the rejection of British imperialism through both the narrators feelings and the native peoples feelings
In George Orwell’s “Shooting an Elephant” essay, the elephant is a symbol of oppression that can be seen through the Burmese people towards the narrator.
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.
The elephant is also a symbol of the British Empire, showing how Imperialism is weakening the empire, forcing them into unnecessary suffering.
How the elephant represents the negative feelings around the British empire
Key Points(Your notes)
Shooting an elephant is an essay by George Orwell about a young, conflicted police officer forced to shoot an elephant.
I had no intention of shooting the elephant--I
had merely sent for the rifle to defend myself if necessary--and it is
always unnerving to have a crowd following you.
The narrator or British soldier from the start “had no intention of shooting the elephant” (21), rather the Burmese people wanted the enjoyment of watching the animal die.
However, the incident of shooting of an elephant gives him a “better glimpse … of the real nature of imperialism – the real motives for which despotic government act” (13)....
In "Shooting an Elephant," by George Orwell, the author recounts an event from his life when he was about twenty years old during which he had to choose the lesser of two evils.
With these perspectives taken into account, the elephant is the cause of oppression from the Burmese people and the narrator himself.
In “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell, there is a common theme throughout the essay of the rejecting of British imperialism.
The unjust shooting of an elephant in Orwell's story is the central focus from which Orwell builds his argument through the two dominant characters, the elephant and its executioner.
To support himself, Orwell took on various writing assignments. He wrote numerous essays and reviews over the years, developing a reputation for producing well-crafted literary criticism. In 1941, Orwell landed a job with the BBC as a producer. He developed news commentary and shows for audiences in the eastern part of the British Empire. Orwell drew such literary greats as and to appear on his programs. With World War II raging on, Orwell found himself acting as a propagandist to advance the country's national interest. He loathed this part of his job, describing the company's atmosphere in his diary as "something halfway between a girls’ school and a lunatic asylum, and all we are doing at present is useless, or slightly worse than useless.' Orwell resigned in 1943 saying “I was wasting my own time and the public money on doing work that produces no result. I believe that in the present political situation the broadcasting of British propaganda to India is an almost hopeless task.” Around this time, Orwell became the literary editor for a socialist newspaper.