George Orwell: Essays

Shooting an Elephant

Orwell says that he likes his job as a police officer in Burma.

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No, Orwell does not like his job and has plans to give it up.

All this was perplexing and upsetting. 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. As for the job I was doing, I hated it more bitterly than I can perhaps make clear.


Shooting an Elephant