Comparison: Shooting an Elephant & U.S Military

             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 the bazaars alone somebody would probably spit betel juice over her dress” (Orwell 61). He says the young Buddhist priests who are usually peaceful people do not like him. He states, “The young Buddhist priests are the worst of all. There were several thousands of them in town and none of them seemed to have anything to do except stand on street corners and jeer at Europeans” (Orwell 61). He also has violent thoughts toward the Buddhist priests because they are also making his job impossible. He states, “with another part I thought that the greatest joy in the world would be to drive a bayonet into a Buddhist priest chest” (Orwell 62). As for the U.S. military in Iraq, the Iraqi people hate th...

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