Post-colonial criticism is an attempt to reveal the story of oppressed people from their own point of view by correcting or critiquing the perspective of the powerful. It is often called the view from below. For centuries, the story of colonialism was told almost entirely from the perspective of the victorious colonizing culture. Thus, Shakespeare's Caliban is depicted as a monster, a brute, and a savage because he looks different, dares to desire a European woman, and resents obeying his new overlord. But if we look at the story from his point of view, he generously came to the aid of helpless shipwrecked people who would have died without him, only to have them use what he taught them to enslave him, treat him with disdain, and steal his land. Likewise, Kipling's concept of the colonized person as the "white man's burden" is a particularly notorious example of a white colonizer, in this case England, brutally invading and subjecting a land and then casting themselves as sacrificial heroes for imposing their will upon people who would love nothing better than for them to go away. Because the narrative of the powerful is often blind to how life looks and feels to the powerless, it has been important to critique how the literature of a dominant group depicts the people below it.