Many Europeans and Americans felt it their moral duty to bring a civility to

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involved in the movement. Many Europeans and Americans felt it their moral duty to bring a civility to these backward cultures. Read “The White Man’s Burden‚” a poem by Rudyard Kipling. Using the chart, record what you believe to be the message in the poem. In the second column, record your personal responses to the poem. Then, read the poem again and use the third column to record how you think Okonkwo would have responded to the poem. When you have completed the chart, write a paragraph or two comparing the two responses to the poem.
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Name: ________________________________ Date:_________________ Wrap Up Critical Reading Objective: Connecting literature to life Responding to literature Activity Up until the publication of Things Fall Apart in 1958, most literature presented the African culture as an uncivilized, unstructured society with little or no intelligence and an incomprehensible language. According to Robert Bennett of the Gale Group , Chinua Achebe wrote his novel Things Fall Apart “…not for his fellow Nigerians, but for people beyond his native country. He wanted to explain the truth about the effects of completely losing one’s culture.” British and European colonial activity was in full force in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. The governments were actively colonizing‚ not only African lands, but lands in the Middle Eastern part of the world. As a result, there was a call for the United States to become more involved in the movement. Many Europeans and Americans felt it their moral duty to bring a civility to these backward cultures. Read “The White Man’s Burden‚” a poem by Rudyard Kipling. Using the chart, record what you believe to be the message in the poem. In the second column, record your personal responses to the poem. Then, read the poem again and use the third column to record how you think Okonkwo would have responded to the poem. When you have completed the chart, write a paragraph or two comparing the two responses to the poem. S - 165 Reproducible Student Worksheet Student’s Page Things Fall Apart
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T - 166 © Copyright 2005, Prestwick House, Inc. Teacher’s Page Things Fall Apart The White Man’s Burden by Rudyard Kipling Take up the White Man’s burden— Send forth the best ye breed— Go bind your sons to exile To serve your captives’ need; To wait in heavy harness‚ On fluttered folk and wild— Your new-caught‚ sullen peoples‚ Half-devil and half-child. Take up the White Man’s burden— In patience to abide‚ To veil the threat of terror And check the show of pride; By open speech and simple‚ An hundred times made plain To seek another’s profit‚ And work another’s gain. Take up the White Man’s burden— The savage wars of peace— Fill full the mouth of Famine And bid the sickness cease; And when your goal is nearest The end for others sought‚ Watch sloth and heathen Folly Bring all your hopes to nought.
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