Masquerading Colonial Innocence in Rudyard Kipling's 'Kim'
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Kim: Masquerading Colonial Innocence
Rudyard Kipling was one of the most famous writers of his time, and his popular novel Kim, had first become published in 1901, has turned into one of his most infamous non-juvenile writing masterpieces. The novel happens during a time and place that is contemporary to the publication of the book; the location is set in India up under the reign of the British Empire. The main character is a boy of Irish descent who has been an orphan that has grown up in the streets of India, that is cared for by a "half-caste" woman, a keeper of an opium den. The character of Kim, is very energetic and playful, even though full-blooded Irish, he still grows up as a "native" and gets skills to seamlessly incorporate into the numerous ethnic and religious factions of the Indian country. When he meets a wandering Tibetan lama who is out to look for a sacred river, Kim becomes his follower and moves on into a journey that covers the whole country of India. Kipling' story of Kim's journey during the subcontinent provided him a chance to describe the many peoples and cultures comprised in India, and a noteworthy section of the novel is dedicated to such metaphors, which have been both praised as visionary and magical ridiculed as imperialistic and stereotypical. Soon Doon Kim finally runs into army squadron that his father had fitted to and creates the associate of the colonel. Colonel Creighton distinguishes Kim's great talent for mixing into