Read the Excerpt From George Orwell, and Explain the Different Stylistic Forms He Uses: ("Shooting an Elephant") in Moulmein, in Lower Burma, I Was Hated by Large Numbers of People – the Only Time in My Life That I Have Been Important Enough for This to Happen to Me. I Was Sub-Divisional Police Officer of the Town, and in an Aimless, Petty Kind of Way Anti-European Feeling Was Very Bitter
When the policemen finally found the elephant it was calmly eating grass. The policemen didn’t want to shoot him because he knew the elephant would no longer be of harm because the “must” was over. The villagers had been following him when they saw him carrying a gun when chasing after the elephant and now there was a large crowd behind him. The intense pressure of the expectations of the crowd and their lack of respect for him as an English policeman led him to change his mind and shoot the animal. Another key point is that the Englishman was highly disliked by the locals.
Orwell creates a sympathetic attitude on the main subject while Hsun’s has comic relief (Orwell para 1, 2; Hsun 8). The aim of Shooting an Elephant is to describe the plight of those who rebel against their own culture, and are unappreciated by those they make this sacrifice for (Orwell para 2). Hsun work criticizes satirically the failed Chinese revolution of 1911. The failure of this revolution is symbolized in the power of women who seduce men thus derailing them from their noble duty of revolutionizing the society. These women are demonized as the causes of the failed revolution (11).
Hsun, Lu. “The True Story Of Ah Q.” 2002. Blackmask Online. Web.
Orwell, George. “Shooting an Elephant.” 1950. 15 February, 2011.