They add, “The endeavor encourages theaters to take a stand for our most basic values: freedom of speech, respect for our fellow human beings, and the simple truth that there are no such things as ‘alternative facts.’ By doing what they do best – showing a movie – the goal is that cinemas can initiate a much-needed community conversation at a time when the existence of facts, and basic human rights are under attack. Through nationwide participation and strength in numbers, these screenings are intended to galvanize people at the crossroads of cinema and community, and bring us together to foster communication and resistance against current efforts to undermine the most basic tenets of our society.”
To finish, I also want to briefly reference the conclusion of the story. While the conclusion will not be analyzed as closely as the selected passage, it will be included because of the way in which it operates as a dramatic and moving allegory of the colonial experience. The narrator discusses his actual shooting of the elephant, describing in horrific detail the slow and painful death of a seemingly peaceful elephant at the hands of a British officer. As much as any other text that I have read, this concluding passage captures the violent reality of colonization.