Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The White Man's Burden & Imperialism.

1. Determine what Kipling means by "the White Man's Burden."
2. Does Kipling justify imperialism? How so?
3. Why might such a justification might be so appealing?

1. I think that he meant that the White Man's Burden means that since back then white men were treated better than any other race, Blacks, Hispanics, and even Women. Since they thought they were better than everyone they were in power and that if they made a mistake that they would be thrust under the bus and people would look toward them for leadership. That it was there RESPONSIBILITY to make the right choices and to lead them out of the things they had gotten themselves into. If the white men lead the people into a hole or into a dead end (metaphorically speaking) that it would be there job to get the people out of this hole.
Take up the White Man's burden-
The savage wars of peace-
Fill full the mouth of Famine,
And bid the sickness cease;..."
This quote shows that it was a tough job and it was a burden to be in a position of power but it was the White mans own fault because he had put himself above everyone else.
2.Yes he does try to justify it he says talks about it being part of the Christian religion and also says it is glorification.
And it talks about the good how it gives less disadvantaged people a way to live. And in the poem he trys to say about how the people with power will have problems and it won't be easy for them.
3. It seems appealing because lets face it. Most of us all want everyone to be equal and to have money and a nice family and a house and food to put on the table. By the way it is presented here it looks good but like many things it does not show the draw backs.

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