Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

Intention: Orwell tells of his experiences in Burma, where he was a sub-divisional police officer.  This piece was written to share his experiences with the people of Burma and to reveal the societal standards that he was pressured to comply to. Orwell’s intention in this piece is also to inform people of the negatives of…

Speech on the Signing of the Treaty of Port Elliott by Chief Seattle

There are two separate intentions in Chief Seattle’s speech, one for each of the audiences he is addressing. His intention for the white settlers is to make them rethink their actions and morals, and to leave them with a haunted feeling. The intention for his tribe is to instill a sense of hope in them, to…