What kind of a person does Kipling encourage his listener to seek out in "If—"? What does he say about such a person? What would he like his listener to do upon meeting such a person?
The poem "If" is structured in hypothetical situations, so there isn't a place in the poem where the speaker is directly telling his listener to seek out a particular type of person. Instead, his advice prepares his "son" in how to deal with various types of people he will surely encounter in life. Most of this is in the last stanza.
First, the speaker says that when his son "walks with crowds," he should be sure to "keep his virtue." The implication is that following the crowd is often not the most moral decision; the group consensus is often the easy path instead of the virtuous...
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