The Mark of the Beast

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Short Story Outline Title: The Mark of the Beast Author: Rudyard Kipling Setting: Colonial India during the late nineteenth century, New Year’s Eve Character(s): Fleete (main character), Kipling (author, narrator), Strickland (friend) Point of View: Narrator Central Conflict the protagonist is facing: He got drunk and desecrated the temple of Hanuman the Monkey God by putting out a cigar on the ape’s forehead. A Leper Priest (a “Silver Man”) then bites Fleete on the breast, and he is warned by a second priest that the incident is not over yet. It soon became clear that Fleete is affected by the bite, and he craves for flesh and howls like a wolf. A doctor believes that he contracted rabies but his friend believes otherwise that…show more content…
It was also tense as Fleete went to his room during dinner while his friends quietly wait and observed him. It was also cold, dark and gloomy because of the setting, such as the bitter cold temperature, and the mysterious “Silver Man” which we are told of. Theme: According to Chapter 13 of the symbolic book, great evil will take over the world at some unknown point in the future, where a beast like a leopard will rule, and the beast’s followers will be branded with its mark. There’s a few themes in this short story, one where it’s a quote within the story, “One never knows when one may want a friend.” In this short story, Fleete was accompanied by his friends almost every time, Kipling and Strickland were also worried about him, Strickland mostly, and Strickland even told Kipling to stay and watch him as soon as he noticed the signs of abnormality, “Don’t go. Stay here, and stay for the night.” Shows Strickland’s sympathy for Fleete and how friends really help each other when you think you may not need one. However, the main theme/message of this story is really the cultural difference between two different origins of country. As we can tell, Fleete doesn’t know much about India’s religious beliefs and traditions and this creates a conflict between the two different nations. This novel is like a critique, an
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