Shooting an Elephant. By George Orwell. Biographical Information. George Orwell- born in 1903 in Motihari , Bihar, in British India but moved to England when he was one year old. Was sickly, so he started his writing at the young age of four. First published at age 11.
By George Orwell
Burma became a British colony in 1886. There were frequent riots and the divide between the religious practices caused much of the resentment and disrespect towards the British.
“ A white man mustn’t be frightened in front ‘natives’; and so, in general, he isn’t frightened”.
“I did not want to shoot the elephant”.
“As for the job I was doing, I hated it more bitterly than I can perhaps make clear”.
The policeman realizes the depravity of the government under which he serves, however, feels trapped, bitter, and frustrated that he is unable to do what he feels is right. He sees that his position confines him to do the devil’s bidding.
“I perceived in this moment that when the white man turns tyrant it is his own freedom that he destroys. He becomes a sort of hollow, posing dummy, the conventionalized figure of a sahib”.
By John McPhee
Won an Academy Award in literature from American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Tire fires, which are usually arson, require such great amounts of water that they usually are left to burn themselves out; this can take months.
“..all the scrap tires now strewn about the American landscape would make a stack a hundred and forty-two thousand miles high”.
“They are not just the used tires of bureaucrats, ballplayers, and litter-strewing rock-deafening ninja-teen-aged nyrds. They are everybody’s tires”.
Repurposing, reusing, and breaking down worn tires is not only the duty of the government, but the people themselves must have an “industrial commitment”.
“The reality of life is that we can’t afford to be wasteful anymore. Let’s do something else with this material when we’re finished with it, and we’ll be in good shape in the next generation. That takes an industrial commitment. It’s not a legislative matter. You can’t legislate people to feel a certain way”.
“To me it’s just something so incredible that thirteen million tires are in a hole and no one cares”!
There is slow progress and there are a few people wanting to make a difference:
“Everybody in this country is worried about a vote instead of doing what’s right…when I’m dead, everyone will know that I made a difference in solving this tire problem”.