Adapted from an essay by george orwell

I find that anything outrageously strange generally ends by fascinating me even when I abominate it. The superintendent, his head on his chest, was slowly poking the ground with his stick; perhaps he was counting the cries, allowing the prisoner a fixed number—fifty, perhaps, or a hundred.

The touts from the Christmas card firms used to come round with their catalogues as early as June. It was three quarters of an hour before the doctor arrived, and one had time now to look about him and see what manner of men we were.

There was only one alternative. I had halted on the road. I am handicapped by being exceptionally tall, but when the roof falls to four feet or less it is a tough job for anybody except a dwarf or a child. A man with an electric drill, like a rather small version of the drills used in street-mending, bores holes at intervals in the coal, inserts blasting powder, plugs it with clay, goes round the corner if there is one handy he is supposed to retire to twenty-five yards distance and touches off the charge with an electric current.

Finally I fired my two remaining shots into the spot where I thought his heart must be. He wears a mask, and his face grows to fit it. They are feeding it on to the conveyor belt, a moving rubber, belt a couple of feet wide which runs a yard or two behind them.

To come all that way, rifle in hand, with two thousand people marching at my heels, and then to trail feebly away, having done nothing—no, that was impossible. At last, after what seemed a long time—it might have been five seconds, I dare say—he sagged flabbily to his knees.

He was a Hindu, a puny wisp of a man, with a shaven head and vague liquid eyes. But if left to itself the air will take the shortest way round, leaving the deeper workings unventilated; so all the short cuts have to be partitioned off.

He walked clumsily with his bound arms, but quite steadily, with that bobbing gait of the Indian who never straightens his knees. But even Wigan is beautiful compared with Sheffield. It was a chewed quid of tobacco.

The Kipling -inspired romance of the Raj had been worn thin by the daily realities of his job in which, One man, I recall, clung to the bars of hiss cage when we went to take him out. For all the arts of peace coal is needed; if war breaks out it is needed all the more.

The Burmans were already racing past me across the mud. One spent the night in turning from side to side, falling asleep for ten minutes and waking half frozen, and watching for dawn.

Shooting an Elephant

But I could get nothing into perspective. The convicts, under the command of warders armed with lathis, were already receiving their breakfast.All essays in this collection were first published during George Orwell's lifetime, and have appeared in a number of Orwell essay collections published both before and after his death.

Masha Gessen on George Orwell’s essay “The Prevention of Literature” and what it says about the modern condition of creating art in the face of a totalitarian state.

An Adaptation Of George Orwell's '1984' Is Coming To Broadway

George Orwell’s bleakly dystopian novel about the dangers of totalitarianism, warns against a world governed by propaganda, surveillance, and censorship. Today, Orwellian phrases like “Big Brother” and “doublespeak” have become common expressions. Find the quotes you need to support your essay, or refresh your memory of the.

In his essay "Why I Write", Orwell explains that the serious works he wrote since the Spanish Civil War (–39) Nineteen Eighty-Four has been adapted for the cinema, radio, based on George Orwell's dystopian novel.

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Virgin Films produced the film for release in its namesake year, and commissioned Eurythmics to write a Publisher: Secker & Warburg. George Orwell's "Shooting an Elephant" features the ironic theme that, as Orwell writes, "when the white man turns tyrant, it is his own freedom that he destroys." This is situational irony, which occurs when an action has unintended consequences that are the opposite of what was expected or desired.

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