George Orwell: Essays

Shooting an elephant

Orwell says that The incident concerning the elephant "gave me a better glimpse then I had had before the real nature of imperialism" what does the incident illustrate about imperialism ?

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Orwell disagreed with the British control in other countries. He worked for the police, but he did not agree with imperialism. From the text:

For at that time 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.


Shooting an Elephant