The Man Who Would Be King Essay - What was Rudyard Kipling's attitude toward the British Empire and how did he convey his message in his novella The Man

The Man Who Would Be King Essay - What was Rudyard...

This preview shows page 1 - 2 out of 2 pages.

What was Rudyard Kipling's attitude toward the British Empire, and how did he convey hismessage in his novella, The Man Who Would Be King? I believe that Rudyard Kipling had a negative attitude towards the British Empire and that was most evident in his novella The Man Who Would Be King. Kipling was born in Bombay, India, which at the time was under the British Empire’s rule, to two mid-class parents, his father being an artist and his mom being a mom whom stayed at home but was a vivacious woman. Being inthe middle class may have lead him to have mixed feeling about the Imperial ruling from the British Empire. Another contributing factor of his mixed feelings was more than likely how the major of people felt about foreign rule, that it was unneeded for another culture to stomp on another’s culture while making profits over it all. This can be seen in his novella through many parallels. The first being that the British really had good intentions for this Empire, as well as Dravot and Carnehan only having the best intentions with their “Contrack.” The two men only want to help who they thought were lesser human beings and unknowingly crush the culture of the Indian people. At the start of the British Empire, those in power decided to expand their wealth and power to its neighboring countries that seemed to be lesser people. They took control and didn’t think of the consequences of their actions. Similarly, to the actual events, the novella foretold the story of two men that quit the English Army to become Kings of a city in India. These two men, with the best of intentions, created a “Contrack” to keep themselves in check and not become “monsters” as the British Empire had become, which they were trying to escape. Kipling felt as though if the men were to accurately portray the British Empire, one of the two men were to have a gradual change in his feeling towards being a king. In this case, Dravot had become the one king to change how he felt towards being a king. He had a growing ego as well as the want of power which is what the two had originally tried to veer away from. He continuously took powers for himself and sat more deeply into a king’s mindset. He wanted
Image of page 1
Image of page 2

You've reached the end of your free preview.

Want to read both pages?

  • Fall '15
  • rogers
  • English

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern

Stuck? We have tutors online 24/7 who can help you get unstuck.
A+ icon
Ask Expert Tutors You can ask You can ask You can ask (will expire )
Answers in as fast as 15 minutes