Rudyard Kipling And "The White Man's Burden".

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Rudyard Kipling had an extremely substantial influence on the people's views of the United States' and British Imperialistic philosophies through his writing of "The White Man's Burden." During the late 1800's and early 1900's British Imperialism was on the rise, causing many mixed feelings between politicians and citizens as well. As an offspring of England, the United States began to be following in the footsteps of their mother country despite their animosity, slowly becoming a world power with their new Imperialistic values. Published in 1899, "The White Man's Burden" emerges as one man's outlet of one view of the common person of either country.In order to understand the base that Rudyard Kipling had to work with to develop his feelings and emotions towards the political style of the age, it is important to recognize his history. He was born in British India in 1865 and was educated in England. This develops his roots in the British Culture from an early childhood age. After he completed his education, he returned to India in 1882. In the following decade Kipling works as journalist for Civil and Military Gazette, and wrote short stories in his final two years in India, which were published in the collection "The Phantom Rickshaw." Here he began to acquire recognition for his short stories, in India as well as England. It is important to note that his stories were making an effect on England, which will set the stage for his future influential poetry to make its stand.His fame was compared to that of Charles Dickens and began to turn his literature towards social and political commentaries. His criticism began on his tour of Japan, where he criticized the middle-class and it's eagerness to adopt western values and fashions. His outspoken social views began to mold his writing into works that would make him known for in history. For the next 3 years (1889-1892), Kipling lived in London, continuing to write, but now focusing on British Indian values. Despite his negative tone in his earlier stories, he began to write more positively, probably because he was writing about the area from which he was born and spent the first six years of his life.After marrying, he moved to the United States. His stay in Vermont was displeasing due to the death of his daughter, Josephine, so he reestablished residency in England, staying in Burwash, Sussex. This taste of death, and an unstable relationship with his wife, seemed to bring new emotions from Kipling, it seemed that he had become a "harder man" (www.kirjasto.sci.fi/kipling.htm). His formerly inconsistent political criticisms began to become more directed and serious. He declined any claims to fame that came about, and continued his novel writing as well as poetry for the next 10 years or so. In the year 1899, the year that he published his work of "The White Man's Burden," the Boer War broke out and he spent several months in South Africa. This poem emphasized his support for Imperialism, especially...

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