“Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell

by kattomic

“Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell

03.16.12

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I was looking for a story to read today and this one caught my eye after the press given to Donald Trump’s male spawn going on a killing spree and displaying their trophies—a dead leopard and the severed tail of an elephant. I figured the writer who gave us Animal Farm, 1984 and the thinly disguised memoir Down and Out in London and Paris (brilliant, but dated in its anti-Semitism) would have something scathing to say about big game hunting in a story with that title.  In fact, like the protagonist of the story, Orwell was an imperial policeman in Burma, and this piece, published in 1936 is classified as a short story in some places and an essay in others. Orwell did not enjoy his time in Burma and after a sick leave in England, he left the police job and re-evaluated his life, deciding to become a writer.  You can read the story here.

See you tomorrow!

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