Analysis Of George Orwell 's ' Shooting An Elephant '

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Brittany Dixon Mr. Roth English Composition AP 31 August 2014 Burma has not experienced peace in two hundred and fifty years and has experienced a civil war since World War II (DVB.no). In George Orwell’s essay “Shooting an Elephant” (SAE) he describes firsthand the effects of imperialism on the Burmese people and his disapproval of their actions. He established his disapproval of the Burmese with literary devices and his direct first-person narration. George Orwell deems his essay “Shooting an elephant” credible with instantly addressing the experiences of being a police officer. He presented the statement, “I was a sub- divisional officer of the town, and in an aimless, petty kind of way anti-European feeling very bitter” (Longman 146). The instant George Orwell presents the direct reference, “I was a sub-divisional officer...” he gained credibility as being a believable and reliable source. Later, in his essay he established his authority when he stated,” I was hated by large numbers of people” (Longman 146). An author allowing themselves to be looked at negatively an unfavorably establishes George Orwell as a reliable source with no bias because he presented the truth no matter how it made him appear. Orwell provides a clear proof of his experience in Burma when he stated, “As I walked down a busy street in Mandalay on my first visit to Burma, in 1995” (npr.org).The previous statement is key evidence to his credibility because it proves he was in Burma. The feeling of
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