The White Man's Burden Questions and Answers

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

"The White Man's Burden" was specifically written to urge the United States to take up what Kipling viewed as its duty to annex and "civilize" the Philippines after the Spanish-American War. So the...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2015 6:06 am 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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The White Man's Burden

I would argue that the idea of the "white man's burden" reflects an American attitude of superiority rather than causing it or developing into it. The idea of the white man's burden is already one...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2012 11:59 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

Kipling, a British poet who lived throughout the Empire for many years, was a man of his time when it came to racial attitudes. He thinks that white people should devote themselves to carrying the...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2016 5:34 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

"The White Man's Burden" is a poem written by Rudyard Kipling. It was first published in 1899 and was inspired by the Phillippine-American War, which took place from 1899–1902. The statement in the...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2021 10:53 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

According to Rudyard Kipling in his pro-imperialism poem “The White Man’s Burden,” the colonial subjects of imperial powers repay their “masters” by hating and resenting them and by destroying all...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2016 7:02 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

Rudyard Kipling himself provided a thesis statement for "The White Man's Burden" when he wrote to his friend Theodore Roosevelt, who had recently become governor of New York, in 1898: Now, go in...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020 7:13 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

As the title of the poem suggests, Kipling believed it was the "burden," or duty, of white men, who he saw as culturally, technologically, and racially superior, to bring the "blessings" of...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2016 12:33 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

In this poem, Kipling is advising the United States about the likely consequences of their colonization of the Philippines. He is encouraging them to become an imperial power but is also warning...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2012 6:35 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

Rudyard Kipling's poetry, rather than being an apology for colonialism, is actually a defense of it. In his poem “The White Man’s Burden,” Kipling specifically implores people to “take up the white...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2021 4:42 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

"The White Man's Burden" by Rudyard Kipling is a quite complex poem. While superficial readings have tended to associate the phrase "The White Man's Burden" with imperialism, colonialism, and...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2015 9:51 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

Rudyard Kipling wrote his poem "The White Man's Burden" in 1899. At this time, the US was at war with the Philippine Islands, which wanted to be independent and not owned and controlled by the US....

Latest answer posted March 22, 2021 12:52 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

Kipling is making both an explicit and an implicit recommendation in this poem. Explicitly, he is telling the United States to "take up the white man's burden." He is telling them that they should...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2012 5:59 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

Although Rudyard Kipling’s poem “The White Man’s Burden” never explicitly defines the white man’s burden, we can clearly see what that burden is from the poem. The burden that the white man must...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2016 5:39 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

Kipling begins the poem by telling the readers that they must "take up the White Man's Burden." This "Burden" is the responsibility that the speaker thinks white people have to civilize non-white...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2021 8:45 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

To the author of this poem, imperialism is a very difficult task that white people are called on to undertake. Imperialism forces them to work hard to help other people (wait in heavy harness on...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2010 7:42 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

Kipling is urging the United States to send its best people out to its newly-acquired colonial territories, which they will then administer on behalf of the indigenous population. In the first...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2019 10:17 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

In 1899, when "The White Man's Burden" was published, the ideas of Imperialism the poem expresses were far more widely accepted than they are now. Nonetheless, they have never been uncontroversial,...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2020 11:07 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

Rudyard Kipling wrote “The White Man’s Burden” as a way to give advice to people in the United States when they took the Philippines after the Spanish-American War. Kipling felt that this was the...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2016 4:11 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

The title of Kipling's “The White Man's Burden” has been a source of huge controversy for many years. It appears somewhat perverse (to put it mildly) to argue that the colonial project to which it...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2020 11:24 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

There is a great deal of meaning packed into the two phrases that form the end of the poem's first stanza: Your new-caught, sullen peoples,Half devil and half child. First of all, the colonized...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2020 7:14 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

First, it should be noted that Kipling is writing specifically about the Philippines in this poem. The United States had recently acquired the Philippines in the treaty that ended the...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2015 5:33 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

In “The White Man’s Burden,” Rudyard Kipling is giving advice to the Americans who have just taken the Philippines. He is telling them how to behave and what to expect as imperialists. To answer...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2015 3:54 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

One way to write a comparison essay is to note the similarities between both poems while acknowledging a main difference between them. Of course, we can make this comparison clear in the thesis...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2017 7:21 pm UTC

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The White Man's Burden

At the time that Kipling wrote "The White Man's Burden," the prevailing science—or more accurately, pseudoscience—held that white people were racially superior. It was widely believed by scientists...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2019 10:14 am UTC

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The White Man's Burden

Kipling's poem "The White Man's Burden" can be considered either fictional or non-fictional depending on the particular message being considered and the perspective from which it is analyzed. The...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2009 8:04 pm UTC

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