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Student Example - Last Name 1 First and Last Name Katie Sanders English 1301 Date A Decision For Life George Orwells Shooting an Elephant is a

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First and Last Name Katie Sanders English 1301 Date A Decision For Life George Orwell’s “Shooting an Elephant” is a narrative that gives insight into the conflicting emotions of a British police officer in occupied Burma. The story depicts his search for identity as a member of the hated British Empire, and is summarized by a specific scene that involves a decision of whether to kill an elephant that has caused harm in a Burmese village. During this event, the narrator finds himself torn between shooting the elephant to appease the surrounding native people, or following his own compassion and allowing the animal to live. In “Shooting an Elephant,” Orwell uses an expressive writing purpose and a pattern of narration to convey his struggle to define his own humanity as an occupier in the world of an oppressed people. Throughout “Shooting an Elephant,” the expressive purpose becomes a key element in the way the author portrays his discomfort as a British officer, and more specifically to weigh his decision in whether to take the life of an animal. One component of expressive writing that is seen immediately is the incorporation of emotional responses. In the following quote, the narrator conveys how the negative attitudes of the native people towards their British occupiers had affected him on a personal level. “In the end the sneering yellow faces of young men that met me everywhere, the insults hooted after me when I was at a safe distance, got badly on my nerves” (1). The quote introduces the fact that Orwell has developed a high level of uneasiness around the Burmese people, and this emotional response becomes a cornerstone for his decision- Last Name 1
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making process as the story unfolds. Another component of expressive writing that is very central to this essay is the author’s expression of values. At a very critical moment in the story, where the narrator is confronted with the reality of his decision to take the elephant’s life, Orwell
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This note was uploaded on 08/17/2011 for the course ENGL 1301 taught by Professor Sergebrethe during the Summer '09 term at Austin Community College.

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Student Example - Last Name 1 First and Last Name Katie Sanders English 1301 Date A Decision For Life George Orwells Shooting an Elephant is a

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