According to the text “shooting the elephant”, the narrator who was a colonial policeman in British Burma was responsible for the smooth operation of the colonial administration. The narrator was tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that law and order prevailed in the colony. The policemen, who were the agents of the oppressive administration were hated and despised by the native residents. This made it difficult for the policemen to enforce the law amongst the people. Despite being a policeman in the colonial administration, the narrator shows sympathy to the suffering prisoners in jail. Moreover, he was compelled to fire an elephant in order to protect his status. By shooting and consequently killing an elephant, the natives thought that he had done his duty protecting them from the menacing animal. However, the narrator was guilty of killing the elephant yet as a policeman he was mandated to protect the animals.
In the text the heart of darkness, the poet is mandated to impose western civilization on the native people. The poet perceives the natives as an uncivilized and it was the duty of Britain to impose civilization upon them. Through colonization, the poet is excited to be serving and promoting the glory of his country Great Britain. However, the poet depicts a conservative and discriminatory attitude. He sees that the imperial enterprise degraded their dignity by removing them from their native society, which is civilized and subjecting them to a hostile and violent environment.
According to “a room of one’s own” the persona encourages women to be more active and aggressive in writing in order to disapprove the notion that men are better writers compared to them. She motivates women to write books and poems in order to empower them and create a platform for their daughters. Through her motivation, women who are an inferior gender will be uplifted hence increasing the number of successful women writers.
In conclusion, these articles show a significant variation between in the use of poems between the ancient times, and the in the contemporary society. For example, during the ancient times, poems assumed the mode of poetry and they were composed to appease chiefs, patrons, and kings (Bloomfield, and Charles 17). These roles however, changed over time, even as poetry assumed a more meaningful agenda than what they had been known for.
Bloomfield, Morton W, and Charles W. Dunn. Role of the Poet in Early Societies. D.S. Brewer, 1992. Print.