Essay on King Solomons Mines

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Henry Rider Haggard sets out to create an epic tale of courage, a breathtaking drama that attempts to capture, within its limits, the universal spirit of adventure. He appeals in particular to the proverbial young male that seeks an audacious inspiration in life by which to model his own. He entices his readers because his motives lie simply in his desire to entertain, to delight, and to enthrall anyone with a prolific imagination. However, this purely entertaining account of an eclectic and adventuresome trio clearly manifests its motives by the simple elimination ambiguity, leaving little or nothing to the whims of infinite interpretation. As it is, everything within the novel seems to have the intention of being taken “with a grain of …show more content…
When we, as readers, see Sir Henry Curtis and Umbopa juxtaposed together as those of equal stature and standing, Haggard is careful to provide a socially acceptable basis for this collation by stating that Umbopa’s complexion as being “light…scarcely more than dark'; (Haggard 49). He makes certain that what we notice first about Umbopa is his light complexion. Such is also the case with the Kukuanas who, although black, appear to be descendents of an ancient Solomonic civilization. It is this foundation that once again reasserts the social basis for the Kukuanas appearing as magnificently and more notably as intelligently as they do. However, these ulterior motives seem to have the effect of abating KSM’s literary merit. It is not say that the appreciation of details is forsaken by the lack of a complex thought process, but rather it is the presence of those explicit details that adds considerably to the drama of the momentous nature of the plot. For it is the plot that Haggard seems to regard with the highest esteem.
The ensuing story line is simple at best. Even in the event of a scene which seems to present prospective avenues of interpretation, Haggard, with the simplest of intentions in mind, chooses not to leave his account to the whims of interpretation, and thus chance, but rather leaves little doubt of the history just witnessed by providing a lucid and unadorned explanation. Such is the case in regard to the three “Silent Ones,';…

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