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The Moral Dilemmas in ‘Shooting An Elephant’ – Summary

The Must The killing is morally wrong because the elephant was experiencing the “must,” a period of high aggression and sexual activity in an elephant’s life.  Therefore, the elephant should not have been punished as its actions were the result of biological programming rather than malicious intent. Pain The killing of the elephant was morally […]

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Context of Shooting An Elephant (How do time, era, culture, society change people’s behaviour?)

During the time mentioned in the story,imperialism is widely common in the society of Myanmar,so this might be the reason for Orwell that he was pressured by hatred of those natives according to his nationality , which is British, and it leads to his decision of killing an elephant.Moreover,the other reason that could possibly lead […]

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Perspective (in Shooting an Elephant), Consider the passage from other character viewpoints- Why did locals act in that way.

First viewpoint -The locals wanted a spectacle, out in the countryside there isn’t much to entertain them. “Their faces were all happy and excited about this bit of fun” -The villagers are angry because elephant destroy the village and kill an India guy. “I round the hut and saw a man dead sprawling in the […]

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Reflection, Why has Orwell (and in what way) changed his opinion, compared to when he was there?

Orwell’s perspective: At the time Orwell would have hesitated and thought that it was the wrong thing to do. Older offices perspective: He could have thought that it was the right thing to do by fufilling his duty protecting the villagers. Orwell thinks that the Burmese people appointed by the British only pretended to be […]

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Fahrenheit 451 – FICTION? or not?

It describes a time in the future where censorship is used throughout the nation and where minds are caged. Nobody has original thoughts; as books were gone and so creativity was lost. The novel shows what censorship can do to a society, and why individuals must not accept them without questioning its purpose. This book […]

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Seven billion: Is he the one?

Another thing that I picked up on was a thought questioning whether the young boy was the actual seven billionth person of the world or not. As everyone knew that the population is increasing rapidly every day, we would think that it would be very hard to actually find the seventh billion person born. From […]

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Seven billion:World too crowded?

Not only has this book explored the life of a young boy, it also reflects back to reality of the population of the real world. The number seven billion personally reminds me of a worrying future of the Earth. It brings many questions into my mind about what will happen to the world next. Questions […]

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Seven Billion

                                                                              Have you ever thought of what it will be like if someone had told you that you were the seventh billion person to be born on Earth? Well in this book, a young boy was informed that he was the seventh billion person on Earth. Once he was informed at a mature age, he […]

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The Cult of the Amateur: How blogs, MySpace, YouTube and the rest of today’s user-generated media are killing our culture and economy- Piracy

In this book, the most interesting topic that the author talked about is the piracy. Well, as we all know that piracy is being a treat to many companies which can be anything that can be shared in the form of a file (even books!).  I am sure that it has already destroyed several jobs.  In […]

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“Real” Art ?

In Noey’s post on the book “Design as Art” by Bruno Munari, she mentions how the book gives a quote on “real art” : “confined to painting, sculpture, poetry and architecture…That the most beautiful art is that of the distant past, that modern art stopped being good after the Impressionists…” I would like to challenge this thought […]

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