Orwell. "Shooting an Elephant". Reading Questions

  1. What was Orwell's attitude towards imperialism?
  2. What is George Orwell's view of Imperalism in Burma as portrayed in the story?
  3. How did the people of Burma express their hatred towards the narrator and his race?
  4. Why was Orwell unhappy and angry in his position as a colonial police officer?
  5. Orwell says "when the white man turns tyrant, it is his own freedom that he destroys." What do you think he means by that?
  6. What were the circumstances that led Orwell to shoot the elephant
  7. What is the writer's basic internal conflict?
  8. How does the story relate to imperialism?
  9. Why is the Burmese citizens' behavior towards the narrator "perplexing and upsetting" to him?