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What is the White Man's Burden? Free essay! Download now

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What is the White Man's Burden?

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Poem: White ManBurden. Industrialization

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First stanza of Rudyard Kipling’s” White man’s burden”, 1899
Focus on: How the white man is compared to the non-white man.
2. How is the black man described?
The black or non-white man in the poem is described as a sullen person. He is undeveloped and needs the help of the white man in order to become civilized. He is easy to impress and a bit weak-minded, but capable in the long term of becoming equal to the white man.
3. What must the white man do?
The white man has to introduce sanitation and medicine to the new colonies and regulate the agriculture and trade in the colonies. The people within the colonies must be taught about social structure, which in time will allow them to govern themselves.
4. What is the white man’s burden?
7 stanzas. Every single stanza begins with ”Take op the white man’s burden”. The 'white man's burden' is that since the white man and the Europeans have a higher level of luxury and comfort than African and Asian societies, Europeans are obligated to share their greater resources and knowledge with the less fortunate. Therefore they saw themselves as obligated to colonize and civilize Africa and Asia.
5. Analyze the illustration: What do you see in the picture? What is going on? How is it to be understood – literally or humorously or satirically? A white American carries the black man. He literally takes up the ‘the white man’s burden’. The black man is illustrated humorously as an ape-looking creature – a less evolved man. Whether Rudyard Kipling is a horrible racist imperialist or a satirical artist whose work you have to look upon in a historical racist is far from sure.
Take up the White man's burden --
Send forth the best ye breed --
Go bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives' need;
To wait in heavy harness
On fluttered folk and wild --
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half devil and half child.

Take up the White Man's burden --
In patience to abide,
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple,
An hundred times mad plain.
To seek another's profit,
And work another's gain.

Take up the White Man's burden --
The savage wars of peace --
Fill full the mouth of Famine
And bid the sickness cease;
And when your goal is nearest
The end for others sought,
Watch Sloth and heathen Folly
Bring all your hope to nought.

Take up the White Man's burden --
No tawdry rule of kings,
But toil of serf and sweeper --
The tale of common things.
The ports ye shall not enter,
The roads ye shall not tread,
Go make them with your living,
And mark them with your dead!

Take up the White man's burden --
And reap his old reward:
The blame of those ye better,
The hate of those ye guard ...

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