The White Man's Burden

28 August 2022
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According to Kipling this is the "White Man's Burden"?
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Saving, civilizing and educating the "wild" natives
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The reward Kipling suggests that the "White man" gets for carrying his "burden?"
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Praise from other white men - in this case e.g Britain. "cold, edged with dearbought wisdom the judgement of your peers"
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Kipling's poem and imperialism in general have racist undertones. Some examples of this found in the poem?
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"Heathen folly" (hedensk tΓ₯belighed), "new-caught Sullen peoples."(nyfangede modvillige folkeslag) "Half-devil and half-child"
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The historical motivation for Kipling writing and publishing this poem?
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America's new adventure as a colonial power, specifically in the Philippines Islands.
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What is the message of "The White Man's Burden"?
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Kipling is urging the whites (the U.S.) to take up the "burden" of empire, as had Britain and other European nations done before - despite of it being hard and thankless work.
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Some specific things Kipling mentions in the poem that the Whites do for the colonised people
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Stop civil wars ("savage wars of peace") give them food ("fill full the mouth of famine") Bring medicine and cure diseases ("bid the sickness cease")
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Some of the (ironic) "rewards" that the Whites can expect
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Blame, hate, ungratefulness, reluctance, rebellion (The blame of those, ye better", "the hate of those ye guard")
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Sloth
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Dovenskab
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Colonization
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The action of appropriating a place or domain for your own use and (in your opinion) making it better by enforcing your laws and culture upon them
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Empire
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A major political unit having a territory of great extent or a number of territories or peoples under a single authority
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Biblical reference in the poem
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Comparison between the colonised people and the freed Egyptian slaves, who then complained to Moses.
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What you can NOT expect to get according to the poem
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"Easy, ungrudged praise", "tawdry rule of kings", "lightly proffered laurel"