Thursday, February 17, 2011

White Man's Burden Blog Response

1. Determine what Kipling means by "the White Man's Burden."
2. Does Kipling justify imperialism? How so?
3. Why might such a justification might be so appealing?

1) Kipling means the White Man’s Burden because at the time period, white people were respected over any other race, or gender. So they were mainly in politics, and they had the burden of imperialism, war, and their own countries. They had to take care of everyone, and people expected them to do so. If something went wrong, they were usually to blame, because they were the ones in charge.

2) He seems to start to justify it toward the end. Especially when he says, “Take up the White Man's burden! Have done with childish days-” To me, it seems as though he is saying that not becoming a man, part of the nation, and not imperializing is childish. So you need to get involved. He also hints at imperialism many times, when he says, “Take up the White Man's burden- The savage wars of peace- Fill full the mouth of Famine, And bid the sickness cease;”, and “Take up the White Man's burden- No iron rule of kings...The ports ye shall not enter, The roads ye shall not tread, Go, make them with your living, And mark them with your dead.” He also justifies it by saying this, “To seek another's profit, And work another's gain.” To me, he is saying how you can gain, and profit from imperialism, and he hints at war, so it is beneficial to imperialize from a military standpoint as well.

3) The justifications are so appealing because everyone wants their nation that they worked so hard to build to stay up to date, and not get destroyed. A way they can make sure this happens is through imperialism because it makes their nation stronger, and bigger. You can use the raw material that you recover from the new land, and the land’s army (if they have any) can help your military and defense.

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