Rudyard Kipling’s “The Man Who Would Be King” is a story involving imperialism. Kipling tells of the adventures of two men who go from British India to Kafiristan with the goal of becoming Kings of the area. Throughout the story, Kipling shows his feelings for the British Empire. Besides the positive benefits the Empire can bring to the opposing country, Kipling is unsatisfied with the British Empire in its entirety. To get his message across Kipling uses figurative language Kipling’s entire story is made up of figurative language.
Kipling was showing how the Englishmen showed no respect for anyone who had lived in India their whole lives, not even priests. The Englishmen held themselves high above any important figures in India, and wanted to show that they were in charge any way they could. Fleete feeling superior to a god shows the arrogance that came with the Englishmen, and how insensitive it could cause them to
Rudyard Kipling’s The Man Who Would Be King was written in 1888 and is an allegory of the British Imperialism in India during the 1800’s. Kipling lived during this time and there are parallels between his story and elements British imperialism in India such as conquering with advanced technology, making alliances with previous rulers, and exploiting the land for resources. Granted that the British didn’t leave India until the 1950’s, Kipling didn’t see the movement end, yet he had an opinion that he expressed in his work. Kipling’s opinion of British imperialism, that is inefficient and immoral, is seen in his novella through satire; for example, he portrays the British as two foolish men who face misfortune after they form their kingdom, which they are only able to rule after the people see them as gods. Compared to other allegorical satires, this is an extremity that wouldn’t be present unless the author had a strong criticism against it.
As they played a leading role in their country leaving their people with a positive impact. We see this when he says, “If I stood here tonight to tell the story of Napoleon, I should take it from the lips of the Frenchmen who find no language rich enough to paint the great captain” and then when he mentions George Washington in which he says there“no marble white enough on which to carve the name of the father of his country”. He compares the two leaders to show the significant and respected role they played in their country and how they left a positive impact. Then he goes on with harmonizing diction to introduce Toussaint-Loverture as a man who others “hated him because he had beaten them in many battles”. He does this to show how impressive a former slave was when he fought for what he believed in so that the Northerners would see how beneficial would it be to include Blacks in the army to fight along side with them instead of excluding
In The Man Who Would Be King, the biggest gamble is that Peachey Carnehan and Daniel Dravot cheat those indigenous people that they are the sons of the god. Also, “‘I won’t make a Nation,’ says Daniel. ‘I’ll make an Empire! These men aren’t niggers; they’re English! ‘we shall be Emperors — Emperors of the Earth!” He makes his men think that he is not a laic.
The short story, The Mark of the Beast, written by Rudyard Kipling uses conflict through the characters to prove all choices have consequences. Kipling’s parents were John and Alice Kipling. Mr. Kipling was an artist as well as a teacher of architectural sculpting. At age five, “... his parents sent him and his sister [Trix] to England, partly to avoid health problems, but also so they could begin their schooling” (“Rudyard Kipling”, poetryfoundation.org).
He endures struggles throughout the book because he knows what is right, and will not let the hardships of doing good stop him from helping someone. Robert Kipling wrote a poem in 1895 with similar themes, talking about how to become a better person. It suggests, one must humble but confident, fight for what is right, while remaining true to the lessons that paved the way. The two pieces of literature, though old, represent qualities that people are still trying to achieve. Atticus was an immensely patient and understanding man, yet he was incredibly stubborn when he knew what was right.
One of the main examples of this can be seen in King Priam. He adores Troy more than anything. He is one example of how love, can cloud your judgment. He would let his own sons die rather than give up Troy. He is a character that is both a hero, and a villain.
The White Man’s Burden: As Kipling sardonically claimed, it was the self avowed burden of the White man to civilize the brown and the black races. The average British officer and administrator lived by the theory of Social Darwinism. Indians were little better than wild beasts and the only way to rule them was to abandon the paternal methods of the company and rule them henceforward with a rod of iron. (Chand, 479) With this mission in mind, the British gave many gifts of western civilization to India. They brought to their colony in India the Railways, Telegraphs, Roads, Western system of medicine, western system of education, and western system of rule of law.