Through reference to colonial imperialism and gives the

Through short stories, books, and essays an author can voice their opinions on certain topics to a large audience, which is exactly what George Orwell did. In both of his essays, Marrakech and Shooting an Elephant, Orwell voices his opposition of imperialism through his characters and symbolism. Shooting an Elephant is a critique of imperialism. In the essay, Orwell describes how imperialism treats the colonized people. Orwell gives a realistic picture of imperialism, as the narrator himself was apart of the force that was oppressing the natives. Marrakech however is a direct reference to colonial imperialism and gives the reader a look into the lives of the natives living a city that is being ruled by another country through force. While reading these two essays, the reader can tell that Orwell is opposed to imperialism.European empires believed it was “the white man’s burden” to civilize the people they called savages in the countries they had overtook. In Shooting an Elephant, George Orwell reveals his opposition to imperialism in the very beginning of the story, “I had already made up my mind that imperialism was an evil thing and the sooner I checked up my job and got out of it the better. Theoretically- and secretly, of course- I was all for the Burmese and all against their oppressors, the British. As for the job I was doing, I hated it more bitterly than I can perhaps make clear. In the job like that you see the dirty work of Empire at close quarters.” He then uses parallels between the British Empire and an elephant to send the reader a message about imperialism: although imperialism was justified by the Europeans, its nature is actually terrifying and cruel and in the end, it is the British Empire that has destroyed its own freedoms. “I perceived in this moment that when the white man turns tyrant, it is his own freedom that he destroys. He becomes a sort of hollow, posing dummy, the conventionalized figure of a sahib.” At the end of the story the reader can see that the narrator has succumbed to the same oppression and has acted like the imperialists he hates so much. Through symbolism with an elephant in must, Orwell was able to voice his dislike of imperialism.In the opening paragraph of Marrakech, Orwell uses imagery to show the unhygienic living conditions in Marrakech, sparking the reader to feel sympathy. Instead of openly stating his views, Orwell hints and shows the reader the effects of imperialism through this essay. “No gravestone, no name, no identifying mark of any kind.” Orwell’s bland tone is created through the repetition of “no”. The Moroccans receive no respect due to imperialism. They live and then they die. In the eyes of the imperialists there is no point of giving a name or identifying the native Moroccans. They are all the same and under imperialism they are all lesser. “People with brown skins are next to invisible.” Throughout the essay the word “invisible” repeats, showing just how little the natives mean to the colonists. “In a tropical landscape one’s eyes takes in everything except the human beings.” and “It is only because of this that starved countries of Asia and Africa are accepted as tourist resorts.” Throughout Marrakech, George Orwell seeks to persuade the user that imperialism is truly wrong and that it has various terrible effects on everyone. Through Marrakech he is showing that imperialism isn’t just a matter of superiority but it also causes a great divide between multiple groups of people.In both Marrakech and Shooting an Elephant, Orwell uses word choice, imagery, rhetorical questions and tone to show the reader the horrible events and results of imperialism. With the art of writing, George Orwell was able to educate and voice his views on a truly horrible and cruel way of ruling another country.