Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

Basically I was Failed because of Plagism of some websites, I need to talk about the same, or with the same idea, but with another words. The parts that are yellow are completly taken by websites and the other parts need to change also but not as much as the yellow parts.I take Question 2, shooting an elephantmake good work please, with your own words, anything copy and paste. thanku so much.

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Project 3
Evaluation 33
ENGH 044 059 Twelfth Grade English 2
Be sure to include ALL pages of this project (including the directions and the assignment) when you
send the project to your teacher for grading. Don’t forget to put your name and I.D. number at the
top of this page!
Cultural Analysis
In this project, you will examine the impact of cultural values and situations upon literature. You
will select one of four questions and answer it in a written essay, a website, or a PowerPoint
presentation. Project 3 will be worth twelve percent of your course grade.
Question 1:
Compare a work from one of the World War I poets (Rupert Brooke, Siegfried Sassoon,
or Wilfred Owen) to Winston’s Churchill’s “Wartime Speech.” Based on these two works,
do you think attitudes in Britain changed between the time in which the poem was written
and the time in which Churchill gave his speech? If so, how? What changed, and why did
these changes occur?
Question 2:
In “Shooting an Elephant,” Orwell’s opinion about imperialism is that “when the white
man turns tyrant it is his own freedom that he destroys.” What does he mean by this
statement? What was the English reason for colonizing in the first place? How does
Orwell’s experience in Burma prove his opinion? Use examples from the story to write
your essay.
Question 3:
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Compare and contrast the effects of imperialism upon the indigenous characters in “No
Witchcraft for Sale” and in “B. Wordsworth.”
Consider the countries that are described in each story. How were the characters treated
similarly, how were they treated differently? To what extent were the effects of
imperialism internalized by the characters?
Question 4:
In what ways does Omeros reflect modernism? Re-read the section in your textbook that
discusses modernism (pages 1131–1132) and use quotations from the poem to defend
your thoughts. Emphasize the cultural situations of the characters.
Your project will be graded according to the following criteria:
Points Possible
Points Earned
Project Grading
Table (Teacher Use
A clear thesis that answers the question
Use of evidence from the text to support your position
Discussion of cultural issues in the work(s) you are discussing
Summary of positive cultural impacts of the events described in the
Summary of negative cultural impacts of the events described in the
Proper use of grammar, spelling, and vocabulary, and all direct
quotations in quotation marks. (Refer to the guidelines on pages R21–
R23 and pages R-58–R65 in your textbook.)
Essay Option:
Your essay should be 1200 words (four typed, double-spaced pages) in length. Type it in the
space provided at the end of this document and place all direct quotations in quotation marks.
Website Option:
Create a website that meets all of the project’s requirements. (Check with your Internet provider
or online for information about hosting space for your site.) Complete the “Presentation Preface
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Page” at the end of this document, noting the URL of your website. Your teacher will use the
URL to access your site.
Power Point Option:
Using Microsoft PowerPoint, create a slideshow of at least twenty slides in which you answer the
question. Headings should be easy to identify, and all text, including bulleted lists, should be
easy to read. You may be creative in how you set up your slides, but each of them should
contribute an idea to your presentation, and none of them should appear cluttered. All direct
quotations, as well as any images, should be cited in MLA Style. Refer to the Microsoft Office
PowerPoint website for guidelines in using PowerPoint:
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Save your presentation as a PowerPoint file on your desktop, using your first initial, last name,
project number and part, and course string in the name of the file, for example:
Follow these steps to upload it to the UNHS DropBox:
Access the high school DropBox. To access the DropBox, use the navigation panel on
your Waycool Homepage.
Click “Browse” to select your file. (A new “Browse” button will appear after you have
selected your file. Disregard it. This feature of the DropBox is for projects in which
students need to submit more than one file.)
Click “Begin Upload.”
Wait until a message appears on your screen saying “Your Upload is Complete.” This
message will provide a URL to your file so it can be viewed online. If you experience
difficulty or long delays in uploading, you may need to compress your video file.
Recommended freeware programs for compression are and
Copy the URL and paste it into the appropriate place in the Presentation Preface Page at
the end of your project assignment document (scroll down on this page). You only need
to paste the URL itself. Do not copy any other information from the DropBox upload
page. Be sure to copy your URL before you close the DropBox upload page!
Complete the rest of the Presentation Preface Page at the end of this document.
Save your project assignment document on your desktop in Rich Text Format under the
name ENGH044059-Project3.rtf.
Once you have completed Project 3, use the UNHS content management system to submit your
project assignment document to your teacher. From any page in your online course, click on the
MY WORK button on your screen. In the pop-up box that appears, click START next to Project
Once you have the project opened in the content management system, use the BROWSE button
to upload your project assignment document from your desktop. Be sure to save your file with
the SAVE button at the bottom of the page before using the SUBMIT button to submit the
project. You can review your results and grades by clicking MY GRADES on the top right
corner of your screen. For complete directions about submitting projects electronically, access
the “Project Submission” instructions from your online course access portal homepage.
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[Option 2]
“Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell is a short story that first appeared in 1936 in the
autumn issue of New Writing. Set in colonial Burma in the 1920s, the story portrays the
experiences of a British officer called upon to shoot an aggressive elephant while working as a
police officer. Concerning Orwell’s view that “when the white man turns tyrant it is his own
freedom that he destroys” (Literature, the British Tradition, 1322), ‘Shooting an Elephant’ clearly
transmits Orwell’s conflict with his situation and his disillusionment with British imperialism in
Burma. When the author is indirectly forced to kill the elephant, he is in fact losing his moral
freedom to decide his own course of action.
India, once known as the ‘jewel in the crown of the British Empire’, was part of Britain’s
colonial empire for almost a hundred years. The colonies produced great wealth and trading
opportunities for the Empire, giving it a strong foothold in South Asia. The British occupation of
Burma was a direct result of the three Anglo-Burmese Wars, which took place in 1824, 1852 and
1885 respectively. Subsequently, Myanmar’s renamed Burma and becomes a Province of British
India. In general, the occupation had both positive and negative cultural impacts in India. Some
positive impacts were that transportation methods and communication were introduced;
telephones improved and paved roads, cars, trains and postal networks. These positive impacts
boosted the economy, the standard of living and the flow of information and people. Modern
technology and education were also benefits for India. More advanced machines for
manufacturing goods, vaccines, cars, electricity, guns, steel, and steam engines were all brought
to India to help industrialize the new colony. Also sanitation improved, making the habitats
healthier and teaching Indians basic hygiene and cleanliness.
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However, it seems that any positive impact that British rule had was outweighed by the
negative effect of colonialism. The costs of numerous wars meant that Britain needed to recoup
its losses India, which resulted in ruining India’s previous economy and industries. As a result of
this, Britain forced the import of their own goods instead of Indians buying their own. Profits fell
in industries such as handmade cloth, clock making, metal, and carpentry industries because
cloth was made of better quality for cheaper in Britain because of mass production. India soon
became dependent of Britain due to colonization, and dependency on Britain’s imported goods.
Perhaps the most horrifying impact was famine among the poorer classes. Due to Britain’s
encouragement to grow cash crops, the growing population wasn’t able to afford food, causing
many to starve. Britain controlled the government and didn’t allow the native people to have a
say or be a part of politics or run for positions of power.
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In ‘Shooting an Elephant’ there is a distinct lack of positive cultural references. The
author’s reference to Buddhist monks in Burma at that time, he complains, “The young Buddhist
priests were the worst of all. There were several thousands of them in the town and none of them
seemed to have anything to do except stand on street corners and jeer at Europeans” (1319). In
the historical context it is interesting to note that when the British abolished the monarchy in
Burma, Buddhist monks were directly affected by this event. In addition secular education
system was set up by the British, which frowned upon Buddhist teachings and traditional beliefs.
The Burmese showed their resentment towards the British by ridiculing them from a distance and
laughing at them whenever an opportunity presents itself. Orwell is in between two worlds, the
one where he resents the British and his job and the world where he despises the Burmese and
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their abusive behavior. He states, “All I knew was that I was stuck between my hatred of the
empire I served and my rage against the evil-spirited little beasts who tried to make my job
impossible” (1320). He clearly understands how the Burmese feel about Britain, yet he hates
how they treat him since he represents what they hate.
The main event of the story, the shooting of a possibly mad elephant, gives the author a
moment of enlightenment, a “glimpse that I had had before the real nature of imperialism – the
real motives for which despotic governments act”. The writer wants to show how the imperialists
were not free, but actually very bound by their beliefs and system. Rather than feeling like a
person in a position of power, he felt like a prisoner in the village that it was his duty to police.
As the situation escalated the pressure sparks off an internal realization in the narrator, he sees
that he is “seemingly the leading actor of the piece” (1322) when in reality he is only “an absurd
puppet pushed to and fro by the will of those yellow faces behind” (1322).
As soon as the narrator had the rifle in his hand, the Burmese expected him to make
extraordinary and powerful actions. It is this moment when he suddenly becomes aware that he
will lose face and be humiliated if he does not shoot the elephant. Once the shooting and
excruciating death happens, the elephant like Burmese people, has become the unwitting victim
of the British imperialists need to save face. He has come to embody of the all-powerful Empire
and cannot free himself from the role in which he has been cast. This condition of his rule that he
shall spend his life in trying to impress the natives and so in every crisis he has got to do what
they expect of him. “He wears a mask, and his face grows to fit it” (1323).
In “Shooting an Elephant” Orwell choses the elephant to represent the British Empire as a
colossal being in the animal kingdom. The size signifies power as it assumed that the two are
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unstoppable. Aside from the similarities in physical and structural qualities, the elephant and the
empire both share hideousness in the effect it cause on Burma. When describing the true nature
of imperialism, which Orwell distinctly associates with the words: “evil, dirty, scared and
intolerable ”. To create a parallel between the elephant and the empire, the author describes the
result of the elephant as “wild” and “terrorizing”. This parallelism is revealed in the instant that
Orwell is about to shoot the elephant, the moment of the breakdown of his internal conflict. Source?
The decision to shoot the elephant proved the futility of the Europeans in the East. In the
story, the author clearly mentions that he does not want to shoot the elephant because it is not
necessary in terms of safety of the people. Orwell’s decision to shoot the elephant was a lesser
choice. It was the will of the Burmese people that forced him to ignore his own voice and shoot
the elephant. Orwell, a part of Great Britain did not even have his own freedom. Once again he
has to do what he does not want to.
By drawing a parallel between the elephant and the British Empire, Orwell successfully
establishes the true nature of Imperialism. The British Empire never truly had complete control
of Burma. In addition, the imperialism that the British Emperor thought that he was wisely
applying to the colonies turns out to fail. Throughout the essay the author explores how the
effects of imperialism, not only on the oppressed but on the oppressors as well. It can be
interpreted as more than one person’s riveting narrative about the beginning of awareness
because it captures a universal experience of going against one’s own humanity.
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