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shooting an elephant initial thoughts

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Lee 1 Insuk Kevin Lee Dr. Ellen Boccuzzi South and Southeast Asian Studies R5A 25 September 2010 Initial Thoughts on Shooting an Elephant Packed into this four page story about an incident happening in Burma are deep insights into human psychology; we witness a situation that we all faced one time or another. The instinct "to avoid looking a fool" (Orwell, 5) and the need to conform to the peers' will are the two distinct themes illustrated in this short story. In Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell, we can explore many ideas and themes that portrays the state of human mind in unique social situations. There also arose a few questions regarding the protagonist's stance on the British Empire and its doings. In the beginning of the novel, I could not quite grasp the protagonist's stance on the British Empire and the people of Burma. He seems to be split in his inner self by two opposing sentimentalisms - "[his] hatred of the empire [he] served" (1) and the "rage against the evil-spirited little beasts" (1). It
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