Rudyard Kipling's The Man Who Would Be King

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Have you ever had a strong negative attitude towards a person that everything about them seems bad? In Rudyard Kipling’s novella, The Man Who Would Be King, this is exactly what he was doing. The novella is a story about imperialism in the British Empire and how it impacted its citizens and countries they conquered. Kipling portrayed his negative attitude toward the British Empire through the use of figurative language and diction. The Man Who Would Be King is a depiction of Kipling’s experience with the British Empire when he was growing up in India. Throughout the story, Kipling utilizes figurative language to portray the journey of Daniel Dravot and Peachy Carnehan in their quest to become kings. Along the way, we learn that the British Empire is very powerful and they use this to take advantage of less powerful countries. The entire novella is a metaphor which compares Dravot and Carnehan’s actions to that of the British empire. In the beginning of the story, Kipling meets Carnehan and soon realizes that he is a conman and a very rude one at that. Kipling told him that he shouldn’t “try to run the Central India States just now as the correspondent of the Backwoodsman. There’s a real one knocking about here, and it might bring trouble.” Carnehan is yet to realize that Kipling was warning him because he was the reporter. Carnehan insults Kipling by asking him “when will the swine be gone, because he’s ruining my work.” This experience with Carnehan
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