We use cookies to give you the best experience possible. By continuing we’ll assume you’re on board with our cookie policy

Shooting An Elephant Argumentative

The whole doc is available only for registered users

A limited time offer! Get a custom sample essay written according to your requirements urgent 3h delivery guaranteed

Order Now

In the short story, “Shooting An Elephant” by George Orwell, the main character is a European police officer in Burma. This police officer is sympathetic to the Burmese people and their trouble, but because of his position must act in the best interests of the imperial power. All of the residents of the town constantly make fun of the police officer, and the narrator is torn between hating the British Empire that he describes as an “unbreakable tyrrany, as something clamped down, in saecula saeculorum, upon the will of the prostrate peoples”, and hating the Burmese citizens that terrorize him.

One day, the police officer receives a call about an elephant that has come into musth, and is on a rampage in the town. Upon his initial investigation, the officer believes the call to be a mere prank, since he gets different accounts of the story when he arrives at the bazaar. This thought quickly fades when the officer sees the body of an Indian, obviously killed by the elephant’s rampage. The officer takes a rifle for his own protection and sets off in search of the elephant.

When the officer finds the elephant, the animal has calmed down and is no longer threatening. However, the officer knows that the townspeople expect him to kill the animal for the destruction it has caused, and to avoid looking foolish he begins firing at the elephant. The officer says that, “I sent back for my small rifle and poured shot after shot into his heart and down his throat… The tortured gasps continued as steadily as the ticking of a clock”.

After emptying his rifle into the elephant, the officer leaves, and it takes the animal another thirty minutes of suffering to finally die. After the elephant dies, the townspeople strip the animal of its meat. Overall this experience makes the officer feel even more disappointed in himself, because he only killed the elephant to avoid looking foolish in front of the people who constantly make fun of him.

Related Topics

We can write a custom essay

According to Your Specific Requirements

Order an essay
Materials Daily
100,000+ Subjects
2000+ Topics
Free Plagiarism
All Materials
are Cataloged Well

Sorry, but copying text is forbidden on this website. If you need this or any other sample, we can send it to you via email.

By clicking "SEND", you agree to our terms of service and privacy policy. We'll occasionally send you account related and promo emails.
Sorry, but only registered users have full access

How about getting this access

Your Answer Is Very Helpful For Us
Thank You A Lot!


Emma Taylor


Hi there!
Would you like to get such a paper?
How about getting a customized one?

Can't find What you were Looking for?

Get access to our huge, continuously updated knowledge base

The next update will be in:
14 : 59 : 59