The White Man's Burden Questions and Answers

The White Man's Burden

“The White Man’s Burden” was originally composed by Rudyard Kipling in 1897 for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, but it was eventually published in 1899 in response to the events of the...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2020 11:17 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

Kipling's poem is usually referred to by a shortened title which suggests it is about annexation and imperialism in a general sense. Certainly, it can be applied in that fashion. However, if we...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2021 10:39 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

Kipling wrote the "The White Man's Burden" for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria (who reigned from 1837-1901), and the poem was published in the New York Sun on February 10, 1899. Later,...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2017 2:11 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

In "The White Man's Burden," written in the aftermath of the Spanish-American War and the American annexation of the Philippines, Kipling frames imperialism as a sacrifice the white race makes for...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2018 3:53 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

To be able to properly answer this question, it is important to know what imperialism means. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, imperialism is "the policy, practice, or advocacy of...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2019 7:23 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

In the fifth stanza, as elsewhere in the poem, Kipling is trying to convince his American audience just how difficult the colonial project often is. As an Englishman, Kipling is speaking with the...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2018 8:57 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

This verse reveals some of the hypocrisy of the title of the hymn. Kipling calls colonialism the white man's burden, but history shows us that colonialism in practice was less of a burden than an...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2017 7:04 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

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...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2016 7:37 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

In thinking about this question, the first thing to do is to remember what this poem is about. Kipling is writing this poem on the occasion of the United States becoming an imperial power. The US...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2013 6:54 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

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...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2020 12:09 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

This is certainly a very controversial poem. The writer views the imperialized people as devoid of wisdom and true purpose in life. In the poem, the writer states that the white man's efforts will...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2017 8:57 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

For Kipling, the white man’s burden is the responsibility of Europe’s imperial adventurers to tread forth into the savage, untamed wilderness and bring its peoples and resources to submission (and...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2020 5:48 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

In order to understand the meaning of Rudyard Kipling’s poem "The White Man’s Burden," it is important to understand the time frame in which this was written. The United States had just won a war...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2017 8:02 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

The term "white man's burden" refers to the difficulties of managing a colonial empire over nonwhite peoples. Kipling's poem was written to encourage the United States to "civilize" the Philippines...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2020 11:59 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

Generally speaking, Kipling attempts to put a positive gloss on Western imperialism. Ultimately, he sees it as being in the indigenous peoples' best interests. Kipling presents them as being not...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2018 8:03 am UTC

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Kipling says that Americans should "bind their sons to exile/To serve your captives' need." By "exile," he means that America's young men, especially its soldiers, ought to take up the challenge of...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2015 6:21 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

Rudyard Kipling's 1899 poem "The White Man's Burden" was addressed to the United States. In it, he is laying out the prevailing feelings of many Europeans towards imperialism and cultural and...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2018 6:37 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

Similar to most imperialists of the time, Rudyard Kipling believed that colonial ventures were noble and just. Kipling was a proponent of the British Empire and firmly believed that white Europeans...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2019 10:00 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

Metaphors are comparisons that do not use the words "like" or "as." In a poem that has become famous for expressing some of the worst ideas about colonization, Kipling uses the following...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2018 7:13 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

In his poem of the same name, Rudyard Kipling asserts that "the White Man's burden" is to civilize non-white populations. Kipling was both a product and a champion of British imperialism, and spent...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2018 8:45 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

The "white man's burden" is a phrase popularized by Rudyard Kipling in his 1899 poem by the same name. This concept was not meant to help impoverished areas of the world. The phrase refers to the...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2020 10:24 pm UTC

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Kipling's highly controversial poem was published in 1899, shortly after the United States defeated Spain in the Spanish-American War. When the United States defeated Spain, the Philippine...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2020 11:57 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

The cartoon features Uncle Sam and John Bull (the UK equivalent of Uncle Sam) carrying baskets of Africans, Asians, and Middle Easterners over a mountain range. The rocks beneath their feet...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2019 3:13 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

The Pear's soap advert uses cleansing as a metaphor for bringing the benefits of Western civilization to supposedly inferior races. Many white people at the time the commercial was printed would've...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2020 1:43 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

The line in question comes from "The White Man's Burden," a poem that has gained considerable notoriety for its unabashed justification of Western imperialism. At the same time, one must recognize...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2018 9:59 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

This was a poem that Rudyard Kipling wrote as a way of "welcoming" the United States to the club of imperial nations. He is warning them about what their experience will be as an imperial power....

Latest answer posted May 20, 2012 12:40 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

In "The White Man's Burden" Kipling presents the colonial project as being a burden, albeit a burden that the white man is duty-bound to pursue. In his eyes, the white race has been charged with...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2020 8:14 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

Kipling primarily looks upon colonial subjects as backward and primitive, as considerably less developed than the white man. The picture he paints of colonial subject peoples ("half devil and half...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2018 5:55 am UTC

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In this poem, which is widely regarded as delusional and white supremacist, Rudyard Kipling portrays black and brown people as inferior to white people, and white people as superior "big brother"...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2018 5:53 pm UTC

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Perhaps some people would be inspired by this poem to go abroad to developing nations for different reasons. With the professed goal of helping people of other countries, people who read this poem...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2019 7:08 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

When he issues his command to "fill the mouth of famine/half devil and half child," Kipling speaks to Americans and refers to the native people of the Philippines, who were both primitive and...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2015 9:48 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

In "The White Man's Burden," Kipling writes under the unquestioned assumption that whites are superior to darker-skinned native people, a group he characterizes as a mixture of "devil" and "child."...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2019 9:37 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

This poem was written in the wake of Spain ceding the Philippines to the United States as a colony. The title refers to the "burden" white people take on when they colonize countries largely...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2018 12:15 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

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,...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2019 6:25 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

This poem by Rudyard Kipling makes uncomfortable reading today, but it reflects beliefs that were sincerely held by some at the time. Kipling certainly does, as you say, suggest that imperialist...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2019 3:37 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

Imperialized or colonized people in the Philippines (and elsewhere) are viewed in "The White Man's Burden" as inferior people who need to be taught the benefits of white, European civilization....

Latest answer posted July 19, 2018 12:14 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

Kipling depicts the natives of the Philippines, a territory the United States had just acquired, as childlike and simple people. He also calls them "half devil." In his telling, they are inferior...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2018 9:42 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

From the point of view of the speaker of "The White Man's Burden," the empire suffers more from the burden of colonialism than the colony. To the speaker, the white colonizers sacrifice their best...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2020 8:36 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

In “The White Man’s Burden,” Kipling says a great deal about what the English (or the Americans) do (or should do) in their colonies. Much of it is fairly unspecific, but each of the first five...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2015 6:40 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

In Rudyard Kipling's poem "The White Man’s Burden," he urges Americans to accept the duty of civilizing and colonizing the Philippines in the same way previous European nations exercised their...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2019 11:58 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

In “The White Man’s Burden,” the late British author and poet Rudyard Kipling does not so much elaborate on the effects of European colonialism on captive peoples as he does exhort the United...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2018 2:58 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

Rudyard Kipling’s poem conveys the rather racist and outdated idea that colonizers carry a heavy responsibility to help and educate the people they colonize. The “burden” that the white men carry...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2020 6:21 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

Kipling views those being governed as part of "The White Man's Burden" as being ungrateful children who do not know what is best. He mentions that the people who are to be governed are "half devil...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2019 11:50 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

In his poem “The White Man’s Burden,” author Rudyard Kipling writes, Take up the White Man’s burden— Send forth the best ye breed— Go send your sons to exile To serve your captives' need... Thus,...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2020 2:11 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

The poem is written from the point of view that the white man is more civilized than other groups of people and that the "white man’s burden" is to bring "civilization" to those other groups. This...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2019 10:53 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

Rudyard Kipling’s poem “The White Man’s Burden” has been widely condemned since its publication in 1899 for its apparent advocacy of imperialist policies on the part of the British and, at the time...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2013 6:05 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

One of the major themes of “The White Man’s Burden” is the idea that the white people go out and have to work hard to civilize the non-white people without any gratitude and often without much...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2016 7:22 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

On eNotes, we request that you ask one question per post. I will answer your second question only as the first question has been asked and answered recently. Please look through the other...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2016 2:58 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

Kipling views those being imperialized as inferior to the white men, and thus in need of the assistance and civilization of the white men.

Latest answer posted March 3, 2016 9:43 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

We can look at this poem and your question in two ways. From Kipling's point of view, the White Man is plagued with the responsibility to "civilize" other peoples and then receive scorn for that....

Latest answer posted November 30, 2019 3:55 am UTC

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