Shooting an Elephant

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Shooting an Elephant

  1. 1. Post-Colonialism “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell
  2. 2. 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 way they were being treated
  3. 3. 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."

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