Why George Orwell Shot an Elephant

Uncovering the hidden meaning in Orwell’s ever-relevant Shooting an Elephant.

Photo of George Orwell with superimposed elephant photo and text reading title of article
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In , Orwell describes an incident where he was called to respond to an elephant that had become aggressive and was ravaging a town. It had destroyed a garbage truck, killed a cow, chased locals, and otherwise wreaked elephantly-havoc before Orwell got the call. Eventually, death would strike more than the…