Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
Things to Consider:
- British (and American) Imperialism
"The Man Who Would Be King" (1888)
- How, according to the editors, is Kipling a "poet of
British imperialism" (986)?
- Explain the meaning and
significance of the epigraph.
- Explain Carnehan and Dravot's
- Explain Dravot's interaction
with Imbra (the stone idol) and the blond men.
- Explain the use of Freemason
rituals in the solidification of Carnehan and Dravot's control
- Why do they rename all the
- Explain the difference in
Dravot's mind between the "sons of Alexander" and the "common black
Mohammedans." (see also 1005).
- Explain the significance of
the final exchange between the narrator and the
"The White Man's Burden" (1899)
- What exactly is the white man's burden?
- Describe the speaker's attitude toward colonized people
Other Discussion Questions:
"The Man Who Would Be King"
- Why is the narrator taking a train at the beginning of his
story? Where is he going and why?
- What is an Intermediate?
- What are the Native States?
(See also 988, fn 9.) Why do they "have a wholesome horror of
English newspapers" (989)?
- Explain the narrator's
message to the man with the red beard.
- Does the narrator enjoy his
job as editor of a newspaper? Explain.
- Why have the two loafers
(Peachey Carnehan and Daniel Dravot) sought the narrator out?
- Describe the "priest" and his
assistant. What are they doing with mud dolls and whirligigs?
- Describe Peachey's appearance
when he returns two years later.
- Explain Dravot's and
Carnehan's differing opinions on the prospect of securing
- Why does Dravot's prospective
wife bite him?
- Explain: "Neither God nor
Devil, but a man!" (1008).
"The White Man's Burden"
- Why does Peachey get
- Explain: "Go bind your sons to exile / To serve your
captives' need" (3-4).
- Explain the final four lines.