Dillard and Orwell
The essay ‘The Chase’ by Anne Dillard has similarties to the essay ‘Shooting an Elephant’. It also has differences. They are both written by adults who are looking into the past with laughter and anger. In The Chase, Dillard says ‘I was seven; the boys were eight, nine, and ten’ (dillard 56).
She states that she was writing about the coming of age. In the autobiography written before the essay, Orwell is writing as an older, wiser man about events that took place when he was in his early twenties’ (Orwell 78).
Both of the authors experienced football in their youth as well.
The Chase written by Anne Dillard gives the tone of excitement, thrill at being chased. She says that if you ‘hesitated in fear, miss and get hurt; your fate and your teams score depended on your concentration and courage’ (Dillard 56).
Like Orwell’s elephant hunting, the natives are excited about shooting the elephant. If he didn’t shoot the elephant, the elephant may have ‘charged and I missed him, I should have about as much chance as a toad under a steam-roller’ (Orwell 83).
The natives depended on Orwell to concrete and have courage while laughing at him if he did not. In football, the team depends on you and your sense of courage. If you don’t move, you get run over, much like a steam-roller. In both essays, both authors felt excitement and dread.
Dillard felt the dread after the man had caught them, ‘he could have only have fried Mikey Fahey and me in boiling oil, say or dismembered us piecemeal, or staked us to anthills. None of which I wanted’ (Dillard 58).
No book is genuinely free from political bias,” Orwell wrote. The idea that “art should have nothing to do with politics is itself a political attitude.” Political purpose, George Orwell claims, is inherently present in all works of literature. Orwell states this as one of the four great motivations for all writers to have, and even his own pieces explicitly contain his own ...
She also states that nothing has required so much of me since as being chased all over Pittsburgh in the middle of winter-running terrified, exhausted. It sounds like she was dreading the time when he did catch them. Orwell’s chase was him chasing the elephant. When he did catch up to the elephant, unlike the man, he did not want to harm the animal. He felt sorry for the animal. He says ‘but I did not want to shoot the elephant’. He dreaded catching up to the elephant because he knew he would have to kill him. ‘I often wondered whether any of the others grasped that I had done it solely to avoid looking a fool’ was Orwell’s true feelings.
Orwell never gave up hunting for the elephant. The ‘elephant had gone “must” (Orwell 80).
He wanted to have fun, however, the natives expected him to do something because he was an Englishman and a policeman. ’And suddenly I realized that should have to shoot the elephant after all. The people expected it of me and I had got to do it; I could feel their two thousand wills pressing me forward irresistibly’ (Orwell 82).
Even after he saw the dead man lying on the street, the natives followed him. When he finally saw the elephant, more natives had gathered to watch. Just like the man in Dillards chase, he never gave up chasing the kids. The kids were having fun like the elephant. They were also running for their lives (Dillard 57).
They ran through backyards, through hedges, grocery delivery driveways and snowy steps. Eventually, the man caught them. He was mad and lashed out at them. ‘The point was that he had chased us passionately without giving up (Dillard 58).
Although, when the man did catch them, there was no one to watch. The tones of these two essays are very different.
Orwell started out hating the job. He says ‘I had already made up my mind that imperialism was an evil thing and the sooner I chucked up my job and got out of it the better’ (Orwell 79).
He hated the look of the prisoners, the treatment of the people and the attitudes of the people. He goes on to talk about the crowd that had followed him, ‘faces all happy and excited over this bit of fun’. In the end, he understood more about imperialism, the influence of the natives over me because I was an Englishman. His tone in his essay sounds sad and angry. In contrast, Dillards essay sounds happy and excited. She starts out with the happy times playing football and baseball, loving the games. These were sports exhibited everything that a girls game could not. She then goes into another game which can be played by both boys and girls, snowball throwing. In this one instance, the car stops and the driver hops out. The chase is on. ‘This ordinary adult evidently knew what I thought only children who trained at football knew: that you have to fling yourself at what you’re doing, you have to point yourself, forget yourself, aim, dive (Dillard 57).
At the beginning of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Basil paints a portrait of Dorian Gray. Throughout the novel, Dorian is viewed and is treated by the world as art. As art, Dorian is constantly changed by the influences of his different artists. The most influential and main artist of Dorian is Lord Henry. Lord Henry corrupts Dorian into a vain, selfish, arrogant, hedonistic, and ...
She is loving the chase that this man is giving her. When the man catches her and her friend, the tone goes from happy to scared. The kids were worried about what the man was going to do. The terrified feelings came after she thought about the chase.