In "The White Man's Burden," how does Kipling portray the subjects of colonial rule and their rulers?
Kipling describes how difficult it is for the colonizing, superior-feeling “white man” to enforce Western ideals among the indigenous, non-white people of the colonies in his poem “The White Man’s Burden”. This is why he refers to it in the title as a “burden.” The poem makes it very clear that Kipling considers white people to be superior compared to the non-white native population of the colonies. This is the reason why he speaks very negatively, in a very insulting manner, about these natives in this poem.
In the first stanza, for example, he describes the indigenous people as “fluttered” and “wild,” clearly indicating that to him, they lack any form of culture or even civilization. This is in stark contrast to the white rulers, who to him are the prime example of the culture and civilization they seek to spread. He even refers to the indigenous people as “half-devil”, implying that they are evil to some extent. He also describes them as not fully developed...
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