Topics: Communism, Democracy, Government Pages: 3 (884 words) Published: August 11, 2014
The Elephant
“The Elephant” is short story in which takes in Poland in which the communist government is corrupted (http://zh.scribd.com/doc/30214154/The-Elephant-Short-Story-Summary). Selfish
At the beginning of the story, the author describes the director of the zoo, as a man who “…Stepped stones on the road of his own career” (Slawomir Mrozek).The director of the zoo is a metaphor, which it represent the communist government of Poland (http://zh.scribd.com/doc/30214154/The-Elephant-Short-Story-Summary). “In this zoo the giraffe had a short neck, the badger had no burrow, and the whistlers, having lost all interest, whistled rarely and with some reluctance.” (Slawomir Mrozek) Those animal’s shortcomings represent the government policies having defect and weakness of various kinds, symbolizing their strange behaviors (http://zh.scribd.com/doc/30214154/The-Elephant-Short-Story-Summary). The story took place in a zoo located in remote town. This zoo is lacking all the important animals, including elephant. In a once in a life time opportunity, the zoo is going to receive an elephant from the government. The staffs were all very happy and in the meanwhile, the director of the zoo came up with an idea of using a rubber elephant to replace the real elephant to please the government. He wrote a letter to the government, said “We can make an elephant out of rubber, of the correct size, fill it with air, and place it behind railings. It will be carefully painted the correct color and even on close inspection will be indistinguishable from the real animal…the money saved in this way can be turned to the purchase of a jet plane or the conservation of some church monument” (Slawomir Mrozek). The director wanted to grow his relationship with the government therefore he told the government to save their money for something more important than an elephant for a zoo. The director’s proposal was promptly approved in whichsymbolizing not only the director was foolish, but...
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