Analysis Of George Orwell 's ' Shooting An Elephant '

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What is perceived as good and bad? Every person has a different standard of behavior or beliefs concerning what are and are not acceptable for them to do or morals. These morals are the base of how a person acts in a society. Morality plays a huge role in decision-making; people should never disregard their ethical and moral beliefs solely to justify societal expectations. Morals are what make an individual. We should not have to do something just because society says it is the right thing to do because we believe in actions and activities being right and wrong. Society is what pushed the narrator in George Orwell’s “shooting an elephant” to shoot the elephant. He should have not followed society and formed his own individual opinion. “I often wondered whether any of the others grasped that I had done it solely to avoid looking like a fool” (Orwell 139). He was more preoccupied with what the natives thought of him then doing what was morally correct. He did not do what was ethically correct and just leave the elephant alone and wait for the owner. The societal pressure of the natives pushed him to shoot the elephant. Although it was legally acceptable to kill the elephant he completely disregarded ethical beliefs to justify societal expectations set by the natives. Like Orwell’s ”shooting an elephant” in David Birnbaum’s “the catbird seat” society pushed the narrator to act the way he does. He had no shame in taking advantage of his disability. “I was the only one in
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