In the story, he writes about the experiences of an unnamed officer who has conflicting thoughts about the British occupation of Burma.
While remaining ambiguous about the truth of his story, Orwell hinted that, ''An autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful.'' Let's take a look at the story and decide for ourselves whether we believe it's fact or fiction.
Because the British had guns and the Burmese were unarmed, the natives had little power to rise to freedom.
A crowd of thousands gathers as the officer approaches the elephant, rifle in hand.
''They were watching me as they would watch a conjurer about to perform a trick.
They did not like me, but with the magical rifle in my hands I was momentarily worth watching. But the elephant has broken free, and only the mahout would be able to subdue it.George Orwell is called out to neutralize the situation, but he does not know what he can do to help things.When he arrived at the scene he was told the elephant got away to paddy fields a thousand yards away.The officer struggles with the choice to kill the elephant.His moral compass tells him to observe and report, but he must maintain an atmosphere of authority, holding the rifle among the crowd of Burmese natives.It's unclear whether or not it's autobiographical, but the story Orwell tells aligns with uncanny detail to his experience as a British officer in the southeast Asian colony of Burma (now Myanmar).At the age of 19, Orwell was still an inexperienced police officer.At the height of its power, the British Empire stretched across the globe and touched every continent.British explorers traveled across the world in search of trade routes and goods.We can, however, speculate on the similarities between Orwell's personal life and the case of the British officer in the story.Orwell's famous books 1984 and Animal Farm weave fantastic stories with political messages.