Shooting an Elephant

1601 Words Jul 13th, 2018 7 Pages
The art of telling a story relies on the language used. Whether a writer is good at using the language appropriately is vital for an interesting and impressive story. So how can the uses of appropriate language affect the whole narration of a story?

George Orwell, one of the most famous English authors, was born Eric Arthur Blair in Motihari, India, in 1903. His father was a colonial official for the British and his mother’s family also had colonial ties. In 1922, Orwell worked as a British imperial policeman in Burma for five years but he finally returned to England again because he recognized the injustices of the British imperial rule in Burma and could not suffer the guilt of oppressing the Burmese anymore. Later, Orwell spent the
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Then, he starts saying that the elephant was “a huge and costly piece of machinery” (Orwell 95) and the elephant seemed harmless right now. The young officer continues claiming,“I did not in the least want to shoot him” (Orwell 95). These all shows the young man’s sympathy toward the elephant, but more importantly Orwell builds up a tension here by using three different versions of repetition to show how the young officer was wavering in his position. For the first quote, “no intention” somehow indicates the young narrator’s thinking: he seems to be saying, “I have no purpose to do that and I am not going to do it.” But then in the second quote, he says “ought not to” instead of “no intension of,” which contains much more certainty of not killing the elephant. It shows that the young officer knew he should not shoot the elephant, but he certainly felt a lot of pressure and his mind was not as firm as in the last statement. In the third statement, the young officer’s tone is obviously weaker than the last two; “I did not in the least want…” this tone sounds just like a prisoner talking about how he does not want to commit a murder, finishes it saying “I didn’t want to kill that person.” The young officer’s mind was wavering and he was taking a step forward toward killing the elephant everytime he introduces his different expressions of unwilling to kill the elephant. Orwell uses this repetition not
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