Imperialism: A State Of Powerlessness

George Orwell’s essay “Shooting an Elephant” shows how imperialism makes the Burmese and the British powerless. In “Shooting an Elephant” the British have colonized India. The Europeans’ powerlessness is seen through George Orwell, a sub-divisional police officer, and the Indians’ powerlessness is seen through their lack of control in political and economic aspects. Countries in an imperial relationship do not have as much power as they believe.
The British lack of power is seen through Europeans living among the Burmese. Orwell notes that “ . . . if a European woman went through the bazaars alone somebody would probably spit beetle juice over her dress”. The British have little ...

Want to read the rest of this paper?
Join Essayworld today to view this entire essay
and over 50,000 other term papers

they push the Indians too far. This fact is why the British do not do anything when the Indians harass them. Orwell’s lack of power, as an authority figure, is seen when he says, “When a nimble Burman tripped me up on the football field and the referee (another Burman) looked the other way, the crowd yelled with hideous laughter”. He can do nothing about the Burmans harassment. He also says the Burmans laugh and “jeer” at him all day long. He can do nothing because there are so many Indians and so few British in India. Orwell says, “No one had the guts to raise a riot, . . .”. None of the Burmans needed to riot because the British were taking their verbal abuses and not doing anything to stop the harassment.
Orwell’s lack of power is also seen in the scene with the elephant. The elephant is on a rampage through the Burmans’ town. Orwell is called on to handle the matter. The elephant has destroyed a hut and killed a Burman or “collie”, as the British call them. The ...

Get instant access to over 50,000 essays.
Write better papers. Get better grades.

Already a member? Login


Imperialism: A State Of Powerlessness. (2004, January 13). Retrieved January 18, 2019, from
"Imperialism: A State Of Powerlessness.", 13 Jan. 2004. Web. 18 Jan. 2019. <>
"Imperialism: A State Of Powerlessness." January 13, 2004. Accessed January 18, 2019.
"Imperialism: A State Of Powerlessness." January 13, 2004. Accessed January 18, 2019.
Join today and get instant access to this and 50,000+ other essays

Added: 1/13/2004 04:58:45 AM
Category: Government
Type: Free Paper
Words: 818
Pages: 3

Save | Report


Save and find your favorite essays easier

» Happiness Is A State Of Mind
» Vintage Or State Of The Art
» A Comparison Of The Misguided D...
» A Tale Of Two Cities - Two Cit
» The Great Gatsby: America Degen...
» The Bluest Eye - A Reality Of
» A Seize Of Power
» A Tale Of Two Cities - Critica
» Catcher In The Rye: Holden A Vi...
» A Tale Of Two Cities Essay
Copyright | Cancel | Contact Us

Copyright © 2019 Essayworld. All rights reserved