Ortiz 1 Angelina Ortiz Mrs. Rigal English 1302 07 November 2017 Research Paper No one is perfect. Every human is selfish and arrogant, and when it so happens to be that they realize that they have done wrong, they feel guilty. Humans are humans, and everyone has emotions. James Hurst, author of “ The Scarlet Ibis” and George Orwell, writer of “ Shooting an Elephant” is extraordinarily similar when it comes through the journey of emotions that the narrator feels and how the how each secondary character get physically hurt. Both stories similarly revolve around embarrassment and guilt, where Orwell’s narrator--himself--feels the guilt of following others orders and killing the elephant and where Hurst character feel guilty about leaving his brother to fend for himself. Both authors James Hurst and George Orwell write their stories as if they experienced them, although Orwell did write it as an actual experience from his time in the police force. Both stories put the narrators through similar emotions such as fear of embarrassment and guilt. Not to mention, both stories were written in first person point of view, so we get the feel of emotions from the primary characters. In ‘the Scarlet Ibis’, the narrator felt embarrassed because his younger brother couldn’t walk yet considering his age. Just like in ‘Shooting an Elephant’, the narrator would’ve felt embarrassed in front of the crowd of people if he didn’t shoot the elephant. Both narrators were scared to have other people’s comments interfere with their life. Besides their fear of embarrassment, they also have guilt towards the end of the story. The narrator in ‘The Scarlet Ibis’ left his brother in the hopes that he would learn a significant
Ortiz 2 lesson after he had fallen to the ground from running. Later, he went back and came to the realization that his younger brother was no longer alive, with his neck snapped and his mouth full of blood. His guilt overcame his emotions because throughout his brother’s life, he was by his side at all times and the time that his younger brother needed him the most, he wasn’t there to help. In ‘Shooting an Elephant,' the narrator felt extremely guilty for shooting the elephant because he saw no point in killing it. He left the elephant to die after he shot it the various
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