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Morgan 1 Kathleen Morgan Dr. Stone English 206 February 19, 2008 Kipling’s “Overland Mail” Throughout “Overland Mail”, there is a lot of ambivalence between England, India, the land, and the runner. Rudyard Kipling wrote this poem, which was published in 1886, in order to give a brief history of the colonization of India; in doing this, there is a conflict of power shown between the English and British, thus the ambivalence. So the poem shows a certain ambivalence of who has the most power—England or India? However, the runner specifically presents ambivalence that clearly shows how the British used colonization as an affirmation of their power. Kipling uses the runner to expose the “white man’s duty” in the 19 th century, and he uses the theoretical idea of ambivalence to show this. Kipling takes an interesting stance on the colonization of India. He is English, but he spent a lot of time in India. Throughout the poem, India’s presence becomes more prevalent and dominant, while the “Britishness” is still present, but having to be
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course ENGL 206 taught by Professor Tweedy during the Spring '08 term at Mary Washington.

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