The White Man's Burden Questions and Answers
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How are natives portrayed in Kipling's poem "The White Man's Burden?"

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Natives are portrayed in a very negative way in Rudyard Kipling’s poem “The White Man’s Burden.”  They are irresponsible and foolish.  They are lazy.  The may be evil.  They are resentful and ungrateful.  All of these descriptions of the non-white people are very negative.

First, Kipling portrays the native peoples as irresponsible and foolish.  He says that they are “fluttered” and “wild.”  This means that they are flighty and not very serious.  Kipling says that they are “half-child.”  This implies that they are like children who are irresponsible and who do stupid things.  Later on, we are told that the “heathen folly” of the natives will...

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