Orwell decides that the best way to handle the situation would be to approach the elephant to test its temperament and only harm the animal if it behaved aggressively.
The narrator didn't want to kill the elephant at first, but as the story progressed, the narrator ultimately shoots and kills the elephant.
Edmund Wilson, a critic to whom most others compared Orwell, called him "the only contemporary master" of sociological criticism, praising him for his courage in rejecting the reigning orthodoxies, and for "a prose style that is both downright and disciplined".
Bernard Crick said that Orwell's essays "may well constitute his lasting claim to greatness as a writer".
Main characters and description
- The Elephant, The Crowd, and The Narrator
- The Narrator: Young Englishman serving as a police officer in Burma in the 1920s, when Burma was part of British-controlled India.
Orwell is distressed to see the elephant laboring to die, clearly in agonizing pain, so he fires his smaller-caliber rifle into its body countless times.
One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand."George Orwell, "Why I Write"
" An autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful.
He used writing as a way to communicate as quoted by George Orwell "I had the lonely child's habit of making up stories and holding conversations with imaginary persons, and I think from the very start my literary ambitions were mixed up with the feeling of being isolated and undervalued." Sometimes his stories was published in the local newspaper.
Orwell, George. From 2008 to 2012, Orwell's diaries were posted on this blog daily for the corresponding day 70 years earlier. The entire sequence can be accessed through the archive. .
For example, much like the Burmese who have been colonized and who abuse Orwell, the elephant has been provoked to destructive behavior by being oppressed.