Orwell, Shooting an Elephant


Ad Honorem
Jun 2013
I read this a long time ago, but I remember finding this particularly interesting:

The fact that the natives hated him (the protagonist), and yet when they were in danger they looked to him for protection from nature. If I remember correctly he had second thoughts about stopping the elephant and considered letting it run amok to punish the locals.
The idea was that it was someone's property so he shouldn't just kill it. But then he needed to demonstrate to the natives he was in charge so he did it. It was all about choosing between alpha male and policeman.