1-2 page essay, Shooting a Elephant" by George Orwell (pp.1

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To prepare for this Assignment:

  • Review the following in The Longman Writer: Rhetoric, Reader, Research Guide, and Handbook:
    • Chapter 4, "Supporting the Thesis with Evidence" (pp. 41–46)
    • Chapter 5, "Organizing the Evidence" (pp. 51–54)
    • Chapter 11 selection, "Shooting a Elephant" by George Orwell (pp.183–188)
    • Part VI, "A Concise Handbook"
  • Consider how Orwell writes of his experience shooting an elephant. What factors influenced his decision to shoot the elephant?
  • Find supportive evidence within the readings from The Longman Writer and outside sources regarding consequences of making decisions under pressure.

The Assignment:

Write a 1- to 2-page essay explaining whether Orwell’s decision was justified.  Use supportive evidence to reinforce your position. Be sure to include the following:

  • Explain Orwell's decision to shoot the elephant and include at least one citation from Orwell to support your position.
  • Cite at least two examples from the reading or outside sources (e.g., books, journal articles, web articles) in support of your position. Note: Wikipedia will not be accepted as an outside resource.

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