Shooting an Elephant

Shooting an Elephant tells the story of a police officer in Burma who is called upon to shoot an aggressive elephant.

Thought to be loosely based on Orwell's own experiences in Burma, the tightly written essay weaves together fact and fiction indistinguishably, and leaves the reader contemplating the heavy topic of colonialism, with the words 'when the white man turns tyrant it is his own freedom that he destroys' echoing from the page.
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