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Power. What encompasses power? Is a malicious Tyrant considered powerful if he has the capacity to oppress a population; or is power merely a term used to describe the physical strength of an individual? Regardless, the process through which power is earned requires confidence to retain morality and strength to forfeit freedom. Authority on the other hand, requires a title (that is bestowed) to provide some sort of recognition, but the possession of authority does not indicate that one has power. In George Orwell's "Shooting an Elephant", the discrepancy between power and authority is illustrated through the main character. The British officer is a prominent authoritative figure but due to his lack of confidence, he is unable to retain his morality and is ultimately rendered powerless. The setting of this story is thematic in a sense that it is used to enhance the officer's state of powerlessness. The author effectively coveys the motif of the story through the distinct use...
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