Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

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"Shooting an Elephant  is an essay by George Orwell. Orwell was born in Motihari, near Nepal, where his father served in the Civil Service. He then lived in Burma where he had a position in the Imperial Police. During the 1920's he wrote this particular essay of his experience. Orwell was intelligently descriptive even then in telling this story of being a European in an Asian culture.

One example of how he described life as a European, was in Moulmein and everywhere he went the "yellow faces of young men that met me everywhere, the insults hooted after me when I was at a safe distance  (48). He lived in a time where the anti-Europeans just "seemed to have anything to do except stand on the street corners and jeer at Europeans (48). Orwell hated his job because it was imposs

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