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What does the elephant symbolize in George Orwells Shooting an Elephant?

Answer:

The elephant is a symbol of Burma and it's struggle to remain alive. Finally staying down after the third shot the elephant still lives, just as the Burmese people are still there but with less strength and hope after the wars. They are now controlled by the British. It can also be looked upon that the elephant's death was a metaphor for the decline of British rule in Burma too and how they slowly went away or died off.

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