Shooting an elephant by George orwell

How does the person killed by the animal affect George Orwell ?

Who appears to be in control during the piece ?

How might Orwell's thoughts be affecting his job performance?


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The sight of the dead man left Orwell unsettled but determined. He immediately asked for his gun.

He was lying on his belly with arms crucified and head sharply twisted to one side. His face was coated with mud, the eyes wide open, the teeth bared and grinning with an expression of unendurable agony. (Never tell me, by the way, that the dead look peaceful. Most of the corpses I have seen looked devilish.) The friction of the great beast's foot had stripped the skin from his back as neatly as one skins a rabbit. As soon as I saw the dead man I sent an orderly to a friend's house nearby to borrow an elephant rifle.

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