Ask them to also note any metaphors, symbolism or examples of irony in the text. To reduce to extreme weakness or incapacitation; overcome: an illness that prostrated an entire family; a nation that was prostrated by years of civil war. British explorers traveled across the world in search of trade routes and goods. Both Orwell and Kipling were born in India to English parents Kipling was born in Bombay in 1865 , and both returned to India after their educations. In what ways did the project of empire affect all parties involved in the shooting of an elephant? The people expected it of me and I had got to do it; I could feel their two thousand wills pressing me forward, irresistibly. Student independent read of prologue.
Identify the multiple parts of the reflective essay, noting moments of expression, reflection, and projection. Identify parts of the arc, dig for deeper meaning through levels of questioning: 1 What does the text say? How does an author expertly compose the arc of a reflective essay Expression, Reflection, Projection? How did they feel being invited? Persuasive Perspectives Orwell was both an accomplished and a prolific essayist whose work covered a large number of topics. However, a crowd gathers and he feels pressured to shoot the elephant Climax Orwell gives into the peer pressure He could not risk looking like a fool He shoots the elephant 5 times and it does not die He calls for a regular rifle but it still does not do the job Falling Action Orwell leaves the dying elephant The natives skin an pick the elephant for meat, tusks, etc. Typically, there are 5-15 questions per chapter, act or section. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of important characters.
I was young and ill-educated and I had had to think out my problems in the utter silence that is imposed on every Englishman in the East… All I knew was that I was stuck between my hatred of the empire I served and my rage against the evil-spirited little beasts who tried to make my job impossible. The Mahout and the Elephant The elephant is not wild. Moreover, killing an elephant is a waste of an expensive commodity. The 20 enjoyable, interactive classroom activities that are included will help students understand Shooting an Elephant in fun and entertaining ways. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again.
I individually invite each student who breaks the code to the picnic. Students also need to recognize the application of Cultural Criticism as it works with this text — vantage point of the marginalized peoples. Students will begin to think critically about their role in their community. This happened more than once. As for the job I was doing, I hated it more bitterly than I can perhaps make clear.
When have you felt pressured by the expectations of other people to do something you did not want to do? Students should have a full understanding of the unit material in order to answer these questions. While this essay contains anger and bitterness, is not simply a nihilistic diatribe. Feelings like these are the normal by-products of imperialism; ask any Anglo-Indian official, if you can catch him off duty. If the elephant charged and I missed him, I should have about as much chance as a toad under a steam-roller. Calendars cover one, two, four, and eight week units.
His description of it is as a complete and totalizing oppressive force, tightly clamped down on Burmese society. What does this symbol or theme represent? The Crisis of Conscience The narrator struggles with his conscience over killing the elephant. Further, students will gain practice in feeling comfortable with the uncomfortable. This lesson plan may be used in both the History and Social Studies classroom and the Literature and Language Arts classroom. Score each student response and write an explanation from the rubric. Does he show a lack of sympathy? Analyze the impact of the author's choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama e. It's unclear whether or not it's autobiographical, but the story Orwell tells aligns with uncanny detail to his experience as a British officer in the southeast Asian colony of Burma now Myanmar.
If he charged, I could shoot; if he took no notice of me, it would be safe to leave him until the mahout came back. With few opportunities available, he would follow his parents' path into service for the British Empire, joining the Indian Imperial Police in 1922. The officer is full of shame and regret after shooting the elephant, even though in the moment it might have been the best option to kill the poor creature. Orwell notes that he is lucky the elephant killed a man, because it gave his own actions legal justification. The narrative picks up on the day he is called to the other side of town to deal with and elephant that had rampaged through the bazaar.
In the excerpt above he explains that by attempting to shoot the elephant he was putting himself into grave danger. What does the rubric look like? How does the advertisement for soap serve as a metaphor for British imperialism? Map of the British Empire circa 1886 The events come to a head one day when the officer is called out to report to an incident of an escaped wild animal: An elephant is loose in a bazaar. What did the Burmese symbolize to Orwell? Compare text to film, which serves to highlight important themes and quotes. Note that for the British all of Burma was essentially a valuable piece of property—another metaphorical link between the elephant and colonialism. He thinks the whole thing has been a lie.
Elephants in musth have been known to violently attack other elephants, other animals, and people who get in their way. The text can be taken at face-value, but it is much more rewarding to go through the process of asking ourselves 1 what does the text say literally, 2 what questions do we have about this, 3 what implication does this have for the meaning of the text and what inferences can we make from these questions. Frame reading with a specific focus. Orwell describes his face turned to the side, mud filling his mouth. Ensure there exists a smooth flow and structure to your writing. He describes his inner conflict—on the one hand hating the tyrannical empire that he represents; on the other, being driven mad by the Burmese people who jeer at him and make his job miserable. His interpretation of events is woven through his narrative descriptions of those events.