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  1. Shooting an Elephant Analysis

    Orwell was aware that the Burmese people hated him, and for this he was resentful towards them. On one hand he was furious with the Burmese people who jeered at him, but on the other hand he knew they had a good reason to be doing so. Secretly, though, he agreed with them, and he knew that the government he was working for was unfairly oppressing the Burmese. As he says in his essay, "imperialism was an evil thing," and he was "all for the Burmese and all against their oppressors, the British" (69).

    • Word count: 601
  2. After reading Caputo's book called "A Rumor of War", I gained a better understanding and appreciation for the Vietnam War

    There was such a strong moral and there was a kind of feeling .."that being US. Marines, our mere presence was going to terrify the enemy into quitting." As the story continues, we eventually learn that Caputo as would eventually learn that the US would make a massive commitment to Vietnam. The book continues with showing how a normal mentally person can instantly be turned into a killing machine, pulling the trigger without any remorse for his victims. Caputo brilliantly captures the endless despair of being stranded in the the jungle with no reasons, for being there, the fear of of chasing the guirellas with the pain of loosing friends every day.

    • Word count: 941
  3. "Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell.

    One day a domesticated elephant escaped its cage. It had killed a black Dravidian Coolie and was ravaging the natives' town. As an imperial police officer, Orwell was unquestionably expected by the natives to stop the elephant in anyway possible. By the time Orwell had tracked down the elephant, a large crowd had formed behind him. Orwell knew it was wrong to kill the elephant. He had not wanted to from the beginning. He had procured an elephant gun just in case he might need it. When he finally came upon the elephant, peacefully eating outside of town, it no longer posed a threat.

    • Word count: 627

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