shooting an elephant

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Casey Gonzales February 7, 2006 English 1303 Solak 9-10am Shooting an Elephant Orwell's moral conflict stems from his position as the despised Imperialist in the British colonized country of India. Ironically, however, Orwell claims that during his tenure with the Imperialist Police, "I had already made up my mind that imperialism was an evil thing and the sooner I chucked up my job and got out of it the better. Theoretically - and secretly, of course - I was all for the Burmese and all against their oppressors, the British." Seeing the "dirty work" of the British Imperialists "oppressed me with an intolerable sense of guilt". Despite his support for the Burmese, Orwell endured their overwhelming bitterness and hatred because of his British heritage: "the sneering faces… of young men that met me everywhere, the insults hooted after me. .. got badly on my nerves". Orwell sums up his feelings of guilt, coupled with his reaction against being hated: "All I knew was that I was stuck between my hatred of the empire I served and my rage against the
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course ENGL 1303 taught by Professor Solak during the Spring '07 term at University of Houston.

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