Rhetoric in George Orwell "Shooting an Elephant" Introduction In the story Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell, he uses an incident were he illustrates how imperialism affected more than just the people that were governed but also the ones who governed and why their real motives weren't really what it seemed. Orwell uses an adequate amount of rhetoric in his writing and makes the reader feel that they were there when the incident took place because of Orwell's use of specific examples and clear language.
He claims that it is evil and he is fully against the oppressors, the British. In the essay he writes not just about his personal experience with the elephant but how metaphorical the experience is to Imperialism and his views on the matter.
He already has established the fact that his character is weak when he introduces the Burma people and how they laugh and mock him, the British officer. The build-up of finding the elephant is a metaphor itself showing the destructive power of imperialism: Against his will and moral belief he decides to kill the elephant.
Orwell uses the death of the elephant as another metaphor of British Imperialism in Burma. On a side-note, Burma was a free kingdom until British expansion came in. There were three wars between the British oppressors and the Burmese.
There was the first Anglo-Burmese War inand then the second in That was the shot that did it for him.
Finally staying down after the third shot the elephant still lives, just as the Burmese people are still there but with less strength and hope after the wars.
They are now controlled by the British. But still he knows the truth to be false. The elephant could have been saved without unnecessary harm but Orwell chose the latter.
Littleshrtstout Littleshrtstout Topic Creator 9 years ago 2 Orwell uses other metaphors such as when he compares himself to being a magician about to perform a trick, or as being a lead actor in a piece, and even an absurd puppet, a posing dummy, and to be wearing a mask.
Even being a white man, the authority, it was even more expected. It is then Orwell claims he realizes the true position of whites in the East and how Imperialism hurts not only the victims but the oppressors.
Orwell explains how when the white man turns tyrant it is their own freedom they destroy.
Being the white man, Orwell says, they constantly must impress the natives and do what the natives expect of them. The natives have the control of the white man. Thus Orwell must complete his role, what is expected of him, and do definite things. Orwell realizes that throughout his entire rule in Burma he is actually the victim of the Burmese, and it is their expectations of what he should do with his power that force him to do what they want.
Orwell mentioned himself to be like an actor in a play. The Burman crowd behind him, the audience. He describes the feeling to be like theatre curtains finally opening to a waiting spectators.
He makes many comparisons that demonstrate his weakness in character. He is puppet being controlled. He is forced to wear a mask constantly and play the role of a powerful white man. Orwell gives many small examples that hint the double-edged sword factor of imperialism and how it is overall bad for everyone.
George Orwell uses his personal experience with a moral dilemma to convey to the reader the evils which result from colonial politics and imperialism. He blends his own personal thoughts and opinion into his story.
Numerous times it can be seen he puts his personal commentary on some points in the story such as when he described how a dead man does not look peaceful or even the entire sequence when he contemplated on whether to shoot the elephant or not. Orwell also uses some connotations and denotations in the essay.
The transitions he makes between narration and the actual story is so subtle the flow of the essay is easy to read. More than just falling into peer-pressure, Orwell proclaims what a dilemma it is when people expect groups of people to do certain things and do certain actions.
Humans can be influenced so easily. And he shows how the influences of Imperialism harm both sides. Orwell demonstrates this perfectly by turning himself, who is supposed to be the higher power, into the victim!George Orwell Eric Arthur Blair (June – January ), pen name: George Orwell, was an English novelist and journalist.
His work is marked by clarity, intelligence and wit, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism (the state holds total authority .
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