Hoot Study Guides

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  • Dogg's Hamlet Cahoot's Macbeth

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    Dogg's Hamlet and Cahoot's Macbeth are two plays usually performed together. In the first, two people are building something, but while both appear to be speaking English, it turns out the words have a different meaning for each of them, as one of them is speaking Dogg. In the second play, a private production of Macbeth is interrupted by a policeman, who threatens to arrest everyone present for subversive activities; later, the actors begin speaking in Dogg. The plays explore themes of communication, the manipulation of language, and political protest.

  • Shooting an Elephant

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    Shooting an Elephant is a non-fiction essay by George Orwell recounting a British policeman's experience in India. Asked to shoot and kill a rampaging elephant, the officer agonizes over the hapless and abused animal's painful death at his hands. Stricken by the experience, the officer contemplates the nature of British colonialism and the damage inflicted by colonists on their own moral strength. In the end he is sickened and disheartened, his faith in Britain broken.

  • Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack

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