George Orwell's Life in "Shooting an Elephant" Analytical Essay

George Orwell's Life in "Shooting an Elephant"
An analysis of how George Orwell's life is reflected in his work "Shooting an Elephant".
# 153645 | 947 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Aug 08, 2013 in Literature (English)

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The paper discusses how George Orwell's background is present in his work "Shooting an Elephant". The paper goes on to explain that George developed a dislike for authority as an adolescent and we see this aversion for authority illustrated in this novel. The paper also shows how the novel's ideas and setting are identical to Orwell's experience in Burma and they illustrate both his dissatisfaction with imperialism and why he decided to resign from the Indian Civil Service.

From the Paper:

"George Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair. George's birth took place on June 25, 1903. George was born in Motihari, Bengal. This is presently identified as Bihar, India. Orwell's family was "lower-upper middle class." (Tyner) His parents were Ida Mabel and Richard Walmesley Blair. George's father worker for the Indian Civil Service as an opium agent under the British Raj. (Tyner) George Orwell had two sisters. Their names were Majorie and Avril. (Tyner) By the age of one George and his mother moved to England. His father joined the family in 1912. (Tyner) George attended the Anglican parish school, Henley-on-Thames. Orwell attended this school for two years. Once he left Henley-on-Thames he attended the St. Cyprian's school. This was a prestigious school located in Sussex. Orwell developed resentment for authority while attending these various schools. Corporal punishment is often identified as the cause for this. It was an accepted practice when Orwell attended school. () He published his first work while attending these schools. The title of the poem is "Awake! Young Men of England"; "Oh! think of the War Lord's mailed fist, That is striking at England today."() Orwell attended Elton College from 1917 to 1921. (Tyner) He described the school as "the most costly and snobbish of the English Public Schools." (Tyner)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Orwell, George. Shooting an elephant. Penguin UK, 2003.
  • Tyner, James A. "Landscape and the mask of self in George Orwell's 'Shooting an elephant'." Area 37.3 (2005): 260-267.

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