What metaphors are used in "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 metaphors:
The poem compares native people in colonized territories to "half devil[s]" and "half-child[ren]." The speaker also compares the work of colonizing to the "toil" of "serf" and "sweeper," as if the white colonial overlords are waiting hand and foot on the natives.
At the end of the poem, the narrator compares the complaints of the natives to the complaints the Israelites made to God after they were liberated from captivity in Egypt and led to the Promised Land. This metaphor , which is...
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