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Rudyard Kipling.wps - Michael Craveiro Dr Altomari CMP 104...

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-1 Michael Craveiro Dr. Altomari CMP 104 14 November 2007 The dream of one day growing into a man saturates the mind of every boy. Some will draw their picture of what a man is from the many male influences in their lives, regardless if they are good or bad. Most will focus on their father, the most important man in their lives, to determine what a man truly is. The role that a father plays in a boy’s life can simply be put as a guide. A guide that with wise words will lead their sons away from the mistakes that they had once made, and point them in the direction of happiness. Rudyard Kipling’s poem If- is written from a father’s perspective. The poem outlines the necessary path that one must take in order to become an honorable, truthful, and virtuous man. Within the first stanza Kipling makes it clear that honor is one of the most important characteristics of a man. “If you can trust yourself when all men doubt, but make allowance for their doubting too”(Kipling 599). This concept of believing in
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