The implication is that this no-win situation he finds himself in is the natural result of the British Empire’s attempt to administer foreign countries.George Orwell is considered one of the most significant 20th century British writers, and is best known for his two most widely read novels: the dystopian political thriller in particular, including “Cold War”, “Big Brother”, “thought police” and “doublethink.” In all, Orwell wrote a total of six novels, several inspired by the events of his life, as well as a trio of non-fiction books based on his early life in London, his time among the working class in England, and his adventures in the anti-fascist forces during the Spanish Civil War.
has been reprinted extensively in collections of Orwell’s shorter works, and was adapted into a 2015 short film.
Burma was held as a British colony between 1886 at the conclusion of the third Anglo-Burmese War, and its independence in 1948.
He later finds out that as soon as the elephant died, the locals stripped it to the bone and took the meat for their own purposes.
At his office, all his older colleagues agree that he made the right decision to shoot the elephant, but his younger colleagues make the argument that the elephant’s life was worth more than the man it trampled.
Orwell held the post of Assistant Superintendent in the British Indian Imperial Police from 1922 to 1927, when the story takes place.