Critical Assessment of British Colonialism in ‘Shooting the Elephant’
‘Shooting the Elephant’ of George Orwell, the British author, is about an incident with Elephant which happened when he was in Burma as a sub-divisional police officer of the town. Since the narrator himself stuck in between England which is his nation ruling Burma and Burma where he lives, he has a mixed feeling toward Burma. Through the narrator’s experience in Burma, he deals with real images of imperialism: not only the general concept of imperialism from a perspective of an Englishman but also how the imperialism is organized and works on both sides of colonised people and colonisers. Even though the imperialism looks firm from outside of the world, it is inconsistent and instable because it can not help consisting of the view of colonized people. This is the critical contradictory the imperialism has. In this essay, I will represent the whole concepts of imperialism which the narrator has and how that ideology is adapted in real world on discrepancy reflecting his own experience in Burma.
Orwell, George, 1975, Collected Essay, Fletches E Son, Norwich.
Beohmer, Elleke, 2004, Colonial and Postcolonial Literature, Ocford University Press, Oxford.