Rudyard Kipling Analysis

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The high expectations of authority towards youth can either lead to prosperity or adversity. Parents, teachers, and guardians all want the best for the next generation, however, this can lead to the feeling of being overwhelmed, stressed and pressured. The use of positive encouragement and support avoids stress and the feeling of disappointment. Having high expectations is crucial for the development of youth. The poem “IF” by Rudyard Kipling is an exemplar of high expectations on youth. The case study of the “Dumb rats” and the Pygmalion effect is an illustration of different outcomes based on different expectations. In my personal life, my parents have little to no expectations of my academic abilities. Parents’ expectations towards youth…show more content…
Nonetheless this brings complications, children may feel anxiety, disappointment, pressure and in some cases depression. If a child does not succeed to conquer the expectations brought upon them, they might feel as if they are a failure, not able to accomplish anything. Slaving away other people’s expectations may make them subservient, not able to make their own expectations for themselves. In the poem “IF” by Rudyard Kipling, it demonstrates parents’ having high expectations for their children. Rudyard Kipling has a multitude of characteristics he deemed essential for his son becoming the ideal man. He elucidates a list of virtues that he insists his son must have in order to be a man. This includes displaying kindness, patience, trust-worthiness, acceptance, humbleness and leaving behind legacies, “You’ll be a Man, my son!” Rudyard depicts that he expects his son to be a man. Perhaps his son can never successfully depict these virtues, he might never feel as if he is good enough. Feelings of pressure, stress, as well as too much responsibility, may occur in his…show more content…
The high expectations that are set unrealistically and forcefully on individuals, in particular, youth, can be pressuring, overwhelming, and may bring feelings of failure if unaccomplished. This could negatively impact the impression they place of themselves, they may feel as they are a failure, unable to accomplish anything, and defeated. However, if high expectations are not impractical, and are used as a tool of motivation, inspiration, and determination, high expectations can then aid to the prosperity and achievements of an individual. Disregarding high expectations, to an extent, provides the opportunity to change the negative impressions placed on numerous minority groups. Providing a place to start a more peaceful, accepting, and equal world. High expectations have the potential to be beneficial, only if placed in a positive

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