Comparison: Shooting an Elephant & U.S Military

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George Orwell discusses the effect of imperialism on its rulers and subjects. He feels that empires imprison their rulers and their subjects and rule on the condition that they must impress the natives. When Orwell shoots the elephant, it is because he wants to empress the natives. As for the U.S. military that paraded the dead bodies of Odai and Qusai Hussein, they did it because they wanted to impress the Iraqi people and to gain their trust. Although Orwell is a police officer in Burma, he does not like his job or the Empire. He states, “In a job like that you see the dirty work of the Empire at close quarters” (Orwell 61). The British has occupied the Burmese country and are forced to do whatever they want. He sees how the Empire treats their people and as being a police officer, he feels guilty. He says. “I was all for the Burmese and all against their oppressor” (Orwell 61). He wanted the Burmese to kick the British out. As a police officer, Orwell feels he couldn’t do his job because many people despise him because he’s an English man. The Burmese were silent about their hate but you could see it in their faces. He says, “no one had the guts to raise a riot, but if a European woman went through Continue...


They believe the story was concocted to demoralize opponents of their occupation. He states, "The young Buddhist priests are the worst of all. The United States is practicing imperialism. They are forcing the Iraqi people to adopt their ways. military in Iraq, the Iraqi people hate them. They wanted the Iraqi people to believe and like them. He says the young Buddhist priests who are usually peaceful people do not like him. military truly supports Orwell's theory that Empires imprison their rulers and their subjects. commander in Iraq confirm they were dead by dental x-rays. All of this was done to impress the Iraqi people and the Americans. It also proves that Empires bend to the wills of their natives to keep them happy. He felt he had no choice but to shoot the elephant because all of the natives from the town were watching every move he made. He says, "I had no intention of shooting the elephant-I had merely sent for the rifle to defend myself if necessary-and it is always unnerving to have a crowd following you (Orwell 64). Many of the Iraqi people wanted Odai and Qusai dead because of the way they treated their people.