Post-Colonialism “Shooting and Elephant” by George Orwell
Prior Knowledge What do you know about colonialism or imperialism from previous history classes? Share a few ideas with your neighbor and be prepared to discuss them with the class.
Background Information “Shooting an Elephant” takes place in Burma (aka Myanmar) Britain started controlling the area in the mid 1800s and didn’t give up total control until the 1940s British rule over the area was oppressive and subjugated the native Indian peoples- the natives started to have a very anti-British/European perspective because of the ay they were being treated
The Essay Orwell worked in the British forces in Burma and realized that he very much disagreed with the way the British were running things He believed that imperialism and colonialism were not only hurtful to the peoples of colonized areas but ALSO to the colonizers themselves He said, "I had already made up my mind that imperialism was an evil thing... I was all for the Burmese and all against their oppressors, the British."