Rudyard Kipling’s attitude towards the British Empire was significantly negative. The novella essentially expressed Kipling’s feelings towards British Imperialism and his overall frustration with the British Empire. However, there are several positive qualities of the Empire pointed out by Kipling several times throughout his novella. Despite his mixed feelings, he is ultimately dissatisfied with the British Empire, claiming that it is “the White Man’s Burden”. Kipling was a steadfast imperialist, living in a time of British domination and oppression. He shared similar outlooks with the natives, that the majority of them were oppressed by the government and the wealthy. The upper class was greedy and wanted working men to do all of the work for them so that they could reap the profits. Kipling conveys his attitude towards British Imperialism through parallelism and figurative language.
The father knows that his dream of knowledge and university will never be fulfilled, and consequently, tries to accomplish this goal through his children. In doing so, he also sacrifices his relationship with his wife who despises him and his “room and all it stood for” (MacLeod 266). They both try to maintain a positive atmosphere in the house, regardless of their differences, by working hard to raise their children. As the only boy in the family, the narrator idolizes his father and eventually begins to believe that “it was very much braver to spend a life doing what you really do not want rather than selfishly following forever your own dreams and inclinations” (MacLeod 274). As a result, the narrator promises to help and protect his father until he dies, and the father, in return commits to the ultimate sacrifice of death to set his son free. The author is showing that true love goes beyond life itself and that no sacrifice is too great for a parent in order to give their children the chance of a better life. By implementing the seed of knowledge in his children, the father knew that his sacrifice is not in vain,
He has a love for the sea because he would always see his When he fell in love I believe that the father was conflicted with chasing his dreams or staying and living the dream his beloved had envisioned. At the time he might have felt like he was making the decision that he wanted but as the years went by he regretted his choice but chose to continue living his life never fully being who he really wanted to be.
However, at the end of the story this stereotype is completely contrasted following the passing of the mother. When the boy, who is now a grown man and father, returns home to his newborn daughter it is he who displays a nurturing and affectionate relationship between a father and his daughter. This role reversal developed by Munsch effectively casts aside the stereotype that women are better suited to raise a child, and demonstrates that affection and the ability to nurture are not qualities that are able to be defined by a persons gender. Munsch instead shows how these qualities are learned by a person and are displayed as they mature with age. Munsch effectively represents this progression though maturity when showing, the love the boy has for his mother is not absent during his childhood, but simply something he does not display as well as he does when he becomes an adult.
The most complex relationship one could ever try to understand is the relationship of a child and his or her parents. In the poem, “Our Son Swears He Has 102 Gallons of Water in His Body,” by Naomi Shihab Nye, the speaker effectively portrays the damaged relationship between a child
The communicator’s investments in the issue are present because of who he has decided to direct his piece towards. Writing to his son will evoke a change in his writing as well because of the emotional ties. He is not just trying to expose his past to let the world see his mistakes, but rather materialize them on paper to show his son mistakes to prevent future mishaps. He has the credibility as being the leader and one that his son looks up to, so showing his son how to “be a Man” will be something that will spark interest. His credibility as a speaker is strengthened because the connection to these past experiences as well. This will also impact what he chooses to say in during his piece. Some situations the son will encounter will be trickier to overcome than others and may seem like a good idea at the moment. However, Kipling wants to make certain the son knows that his son is not the first to go through this, and there is ways to get through the the situation no matter
Kipling’s person experiences are constructed to leave a message of maturity for both audiences. Kipling has his poetry set in a parallel structure and left many of the lines open-ended for further interpretation. He guides the reader in the right direction of the mature thing to do, however, depending on where a person is at, the audience will take their own route with their personal mindset. Kipling is trying to convey the message that maturity is not age, but rather growing from situations and how a person handles
The boy and the father have strong morals demonstrating a high level of authenticity, especially in a world where morality is extremely uncommon. To be ‘authentic’ means to genuinely be yourself. Although, as presented by Existentialism, one cannot be their true self until one has defined themselves. First, one must create their authentic selves, then they must live according to that (Varga). The father and the boy have strong principles to do what is right, even when their fellow survivors have completely abandoned morality altogether. At times, the father struggles with following said principles, however, he then justifies his actions which are purely for the safety of his son. This depicts that the father will do anything and everything to assure that the boy lives. The father expresses that “He knew only that the child was his warrant. He said: If he is not the word of God God never spoke” (5). When a man holds a knife to the son's neck, the father does not hesitate to kill him. Although this is
Kipling’s person experiences are constructed to leave a message of maturity for both audiences. Kipling has his poetry set in a parallel structure and left many of the lines open-ended for further interpretation. He guides the reader in the right direction of the mature thing to do, however, depending on where a person is at, the audience will take their own route with their personal mindset. Kipling is trying to convey the message that maturity is not age, but rather growing from situations and how a person handles them. He is trying to get this ideology through to his child so he can be a Man one day. Having this personal experience will also build ethos as a speaker to the audience.
Through the eyes of society everyone has a set role they are expected to fulfill and certain characteristics they are supposed to exemplify. These roles and characteristics, this discourse, tells everyone how they should act and speak. For women it is the role of the mother. In our culture, that means raising the children, completing the household chores, and cooking all of the meals to perfection. Women are typical thought of as being demure and polite, small in stature, and submissive to the male gender. In the reverse, men also have certain roles that they are expected to fill and characteristics they are supposed to exemplify. Men are expected to be strong, dominant, and in charge of their families. They are often depicted, both in the media and in life, as the leaders. This discourse that we all follow can frequently be seen in Svava Jakobsdottir’s “A Story for Children.” The short story tells the tale of a woman as she raises her children and takes care of her household. The mother is completely devoted to her children and seeks to fulfill her role in the home to the fullest extent. As the story progresses, the main character slowly has pieces of herself removed by her children: her toe, her brain, and finally her heart. At the end of the text, after all of the children have become adults started families of their own, the mother realizes that she now has nothing and feels useless. In her short story, Jakobsdottir uses dramatization to depict the gender stereotypes and
Introduction Throughout his public writing, Ernest Gaines has been consistently asked about the themes of his novels and short stories. Because of his desire to express Black manhood, interviewers and critics have recognized Gaines as a current fiction voice for African American men. In a 1990 interview with Marcia Gaudet, Gaines addressed this trend, saying,
Thesis Statement: If this story had been a father talking to his son it would have been a different conversion, because the father would have explained that men are the sole providers for the family and to be family oriented.
The reiteration of the phrase allows a build up of the tone of the poem to the ending. Kipling lists ways to become a Man. For example, in the first stanza, Kipling is talking about being honest and staying true to yourself, be hated and not be influenced by the hate. Present yourself modestly and speak simply. This stanza states the main idea of the poem when the speaker is instructing the reader to remember who you are.
Through symbolism, Kipling uses each character from the novella to display some aspect of the British Empire in a way that reflected his views. Carnehan represents the expanding aspect of British imperialism. Carnehan actually wants to grow Kafiristan and care for the people. Dravot represents the monarchy itself by having a
The young boy who speaks of his past, turned grown man, gives reverence: “What did I know, what did I know / of loves’ austere and lonely offices?”(13-14). The boy at that moment realized what was being taken for granted. It is hard to see the true meaning of sacrifice unless the one doing the sacrificing is forthcoming in his reasons. The loved ones around us sometimes get swept up in the fact that it is easier to receive than to give. The boy who now was a man, finally realized how much his father genuinely did love and care for him and his family. It probably was not until the boy became a man and had his own family, did he realize what his father meant by doing all the labor some tasks he performed. The unspoken love of a father shown everyday by every stroke of the fire and every shoe shined from a boy to a