An Essay on Lispeth

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An essay on Lispeth
The story begins with a description of the environment. On just a few lines the narrator makes us aware of the both the surroundings and the social environment. The story is set in the Kotgarh Valley, and we are let into a community of farmers. The fields are put under with maize and opium poppies. We are introduced to an area far away from everything and an area where agriculture provides the basis of all life. The social environment is split up into two parts. On one side we have the hill people who are Hindu, and on the opposite we have the Mission who are Christian. Lispeth is born by Hindus, but after their staple food maize fails Lispeth is brought to the Mission, and she is baptized. In this way we learn how poor
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4-6) This passage is an author comment where the use of irony brings out the theme. By ridiculing Kipling amplifies. You could say that he makes them a laughing stock and ridicules this opinion.

The narrator writes a great deal about Lispeth. She is tall, has beautiful eyes and even though she is a Hindu she is fair-skinned, a wheatish complexion. She is even compared to a princess from a fairy tale and a roman goddess. We are also told that Lispeth reads every book in the house. She is brought up in the Chaplain’s house: A Christian house where she has been raised according to Christian values. She grows up as an English girl, but the problem of the story is that she is not an English girl. She is a pahari. Her foster parents want her to be a nurse which in no way is a bad job, but they do not want her to be a doctor. This shows us that they think that she is not as good as an English girl or as their own children. Lispeth is indeed a good girl but also a naive girl. She falls in love with the young Englishman who has no intention of staying for her. The story fails when Chaplain’s wife lies saying that the young Englishman will come back. The fact that she lies shows us that she is not a proper Christian, because as we know one of the Ten Commandments strictly say: “Thou shalt not lie.” Lispeth leaves and goes back to her own people because they lie towards…

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