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Shooting an Elephant (George Orwell)

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Dario Schmid

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Transcript of Shooting an Elephant (George Orwell)

George Orwell - Shooting an Elephant
George Orwell
1903 Born in Motihari, Bihar, British-India as Eric
Arthur Blair
1921 Working in Motihari as a police officer
1927 Moved to England
1945 Release of "Animal Farm"
"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others"
1948 Release of "Nineteen Eighty-Four"
1950 Died in London, England from tuberculosis
2014 2nd in "The Times" ranking for the 50 greatest
British writers since 1945
1936 Wrote "Shooting an Elephant"
Historical background
Bruma (Myanmar) was a member of the Indian Empire
after 1937 sperate colony
got independence at 1948
George Orwall worked at the Imperial Police
narrative perspective
1. George Orwell
2. Plot
3. Background
4. Characters
5. Protagonist
6. Narrative Perspective
7. Story - Colonialism
8. Recommendation
9. The Questions
- Time: Last days of the British Empire (p. 70, l. 7)

- Place: Moulmein in Lower Burma

- Narrator is the protagonist

- The story is based on the narrotor's expiriences

- An elephant who went wild is ravaging in the bazaar of an inner-city area and kills an

Indian worker

- The narrator is forced to do something against the elephants behaviour

Investigates and finds him on a rice field

Actually doesn’t want to kill the elephant, but after all he decides to shoot

him, because he is forced to by a crowd of Burmese

- This event causes many discussions as well as conflicts in the European society
Opposes the British rule in India
Despised by town
Doesn't like imperialism impact on people
Sympathizes with people
Certain standards
Suppressed by the English
Kind of antagonism with the police man

fist person narrator
narrator is the protagonist
only his point of view
involved in feelings/emotions
more fascinating
the reader is closer to the storry
Own Thinking
Expected Reaction
"I don't want to shoot the
"[...]to do what the 'natives' expected of him"
Internal Conflict with the Ideals of Colonialism
shoots elephant symbol of British Empire or Imperialism in general
saving the Burmese people
He is in Burma to serve the British Empire
Empire is trampling on the Burmese (like elephant)
prediction of what might happen if the Empire
continues like "that"
issuing a warning!
The Questions
1. For how long does Orwell work as a Police Officer in Burma?
2. What's the narraters perspective
and who is the narrator?
3. Name the internal conflict!
4. In which year did Gorge Orwell write
Shooting an Elephant?
5. What's the name of today's
country the book was set in?
The Answers
1. 6 years, 1921 - 1927
2. 1st Person Narrator, he is the autor and protagonist
3. to shoot or not to shoot
4. 1936
5. Myanmar
Thanks for your attention
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