Conflict of Convictions

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“Conflict of Convictions”

E. Marshall
October 16, 2012
English Composition 1102

Table of Contents

Section 1: Introduction page 3
Section 2: Historical Context page 4
Section 3: Common Theme in other literature page 5
Section 4: Analysis page 7
Section 5: Conclusion page 9
Section 6: Works Cited page page 10

The literary piece “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell, highlights the apprehensions of a colonial officer's obligation to shoot a rogue elephant. The author does not want to shoot the elephant, but feels pressured by a crowd of indigenous residents, before whom he does not wish to appear indecisive or cowardly. “Shooting an Elephant”, by George
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He was an Indian, a black Dravidian coolie, almost naked, and he could not have been dead many minutes” (6). Orwell is describing his overwhelming experience as a colonial police officer in Burma during the 1920’s. The School Days of an Indian Girl, the nonfiction element of characterization is depicted as Zitkala-Sa starts out in the essay by describing “We had anticipated much pleasure from a ride on the iron horse, but the throngs of staring palefaces disturbed and troubled us” (103). Zitkala-Sa states “Directly in front of me, children who were no larger than I hung themselves upon the backs of their seats, with their bold white faces toward me” (103). Later in the essay Zitkala-Sa acknowledges “At the top was a quiet hall, dimly lighted. Many narrow beds were in one straight line down the entire length of the wall. In them lay sleeping brown faces, which peeped just out of the coverings”. Zitkala-Sa is describing her overwhelming experience of being taken from her home and to be placed into a missionary school for girls. In the literary work “Colonialism” by the author, Frederick Cooper, discusses different types of economic projects colonizers had attempted to impose on their colonies. The author continues discussing how Great Britain and France had plans to make exploitation of colonial resources more systematic, therefore overwhelming their colonies with the effort of having more control over them
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