It was he who was forced into shooting the elephant by the masses of Burmese people who surrounded him.
It was he who felt the actual tension of imperialism upon him.
The most significant appeal to pity can be found on page 108, specifically paragraph two.
This paragraph reveals to the audience the mental suffering that Blair had undergone throughout this experience.
If a person from this intended audience were to read Shooting an Elephant they would most likely begin to grasp how futile their efforts, and the efforts of their country (the imperialist oppressors), really are.
And that is exactly what Blair is trying to do; his goal is to unveil the vainness of imperialism.The audience sees what is happening to him: his insides are melting, causing him to become the hollow, posing figurine that is the “white man” in the East.In doing so, he conforms himself to do what the crowd wants to see.He found out what imperialism really is in its naked form, and the nature of it, from an incident in which he was practically pushed into shooting an elephant by the Burmese people.Although he did not want to shoot the elephant, nor did he have to, he ended up doing so due to the immense pressure he felt during the time.And because it was the “natives” who were spiteful towards the Europeans it sways the reader to the assumption that it must have been the Europeans who were in the wrong.The reader would question “Why else would the natives treat the people who are supposed to be there to help them so poorly?He wants his audience to realize what he realized, and hopefully do something about it.That is the purpose of him writing such work, and he is obviously credible enough to do so because he experienced this first-hand.At the start of the paragraph, he states that he knew exactly what to do in order to handle the situation with the elephant.Shortly there after, his attitude completely changes.