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In "The Mark of the Beast" by Rudyard Kipling, what does the story reveal about the...

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raugajht31 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 26, 2010 at 11:20 PM via web

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In "The Mark of the Beast" by Rudyard Kipling, what does the story reveal about the British presence in India?i need the answer really fast... working on a assignment and cant find the answer in the story.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 26, 2010 at 11:28 PM (Answer #1)

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You probably cannot find this because it is not specifically stated in the story -- you are supposed to infer it from what happens in the story.

To me, what Kipling is trying to show is that the British presence in India is often arrogant and ignorant.  He shows this through the actions of Fleete.  Fleete is arrogant enough to desecrate the image of the god with no regard for what the Indians might think of his action.

We see the ignorance of the British the fact that none of them seem to understand, at first, what is going on.

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