In "The White Man's Burden," Kipling portrays the indigenous people of the colonized countries as wild, half-devil and half-child. Why does the discourse of colonialism, including Kipling’s, construct such image of them? What is the purpose of circulating such ideas about the indigenous people?

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The racist, paternalistic portrayal of the indigenous people of the nations subject to colonial rule, described as "Your new-caught, sullen peoples, / Half-devil, half-child" in the Kipling poem, "The White Man's Burden," expressed what was then the predominant view in Europe and the United States. The industrialized world regarded itself as intellectually, morally, and technologically superior to colonies and client states usually populated by non-whites.

The assumed superiority of Kipling's rhetoric , which adopts the zealous moral tone of the Victorian era's Christian missionaries, is intended to justify the authority of the colonial power, in its exploitation of the rich resources and cheap or slave labor of the colonized people as conferring a benefit on those exploited. As Kipling puts it, the white colonizers are there only "To seek another's profit / And work...

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