At the time of his birth, Burma was a province of colonial India, which was under British rule.The essay describes an incident involving Orwell in Burma while he served with the imperialist police.
Giving him a reason to hate his job as well as the British Empire; the root of everything.
The situation of shooting of an elephant gives him a real look of the real nature and evils of imperialism.
They did not care about the elephant, but with the officer's help they will get the meat.
The Burmese people expects the British officer to do what they want but not what he wanted to do, “I had no intention of shooting the elephant-I had merely sent for the rifle to defend myself if necessary...” (3).
The British officer, acts as a symbol of the imperial country and the elephant is the victim of imperialism.
Together, the solider and the elephant turns this into an attack on the evils of imperialism.
TO show the effects Of imperialism, Orwell powerfully illustrates the shooting the elephant scene by using various rhetorical devices, dictions, sentence structures, and creates proper mood and tone.
He does a good job sharing his experiences and feelings of living under imperialism as the oppressor and the oppressed, showing the terrible effects of imperialism.
The shooting of the elephant is the incident that reveals that imperialism inflicts damage on both parties in a As stated before the Burmese people hated the British officer, but now they go to him to get rid of the elephant. Imperialism also creates reliance on foreign country.
The Burmese did not have any weapons so they relied upon the British for their things, “The Burmese population had no weapons and were quite helpless against it” (2).