What Is The Pressure In Shooting An Elephant

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In George Orwell’s, “Shooting an Elephant”, Orwell shoots the elephant to save face. His frame of mind in killing the elephant revolves around the pressure he feels from the group of Burmese surrounding him. The Burmese despise him, but also view him as a representative of great power being that he works for the British government. He is the solution for the crisis at hand of the Elephant killing a local coolie. Despite Orwell’s belief that the elephant was just acting as an animal he states, “A white man mustn’t be frightened in front of ‘natives” (Orwell 7). He is acting in a manner that he believes to be wrong. However, his being a colonial officer, and representative of a powerful empire he feels the pressure of acting in a manner that
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