How are Dravot and Carnehan’s adventures representative of the British Empire in Rudyard Kipling's novella "The Man Who Would Be King"?

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An underlying theme in "The Man Who Would Be King" is a comparison between the imperialism of the British Empire and the motives and exploits of Dravot and Carnehan. In this sense, the story takes the role of a satirical allegory. Just the feelings of superiority that the two protagonists have toward the native peoples that they encounter can be seen as a direct parallel to the general feelings of British imperialists of Kipling's time. Dravot and Carnehan expect to be treated as kings simply because of their feelings of racial superiority and their own perceived cunningness.

Like the British Empire, Dravot and Carnehan take advantage of tribal rivalries to put themselves in positions of influence and power. They also use modern weapons to win battles and give to loyal chieftains in order to secure political advantages. Once in control of land, they embark on ambitious building projects, such as the construction of the bridge. The British Empire also oversaw building and infrastructure...

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