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Social and political aspects in Kipling's writing style and Dickens

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Social and political aspects in Kipling's writing style and Dickens The Victorian period started from 1830 to 1901, and it was known for various aspects. These aspects are distributed between authors and writers of this era. The Victorian period is so called due to Queen Victoria who ruled Britain successfully, and the city of London expanded from about two million people to six and a half at the time of her death. Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling are representatives of Victorian literature; each of them is concerned with specific social and political issues of that era, and these issues are shown in their stories. Charles Dickens story is "Great Expectations" and Rudyard Kipling's story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi". Charles Dickens story "Great Expectations" reflects the values of social realism and how each deals with the other due to poverty as a result of little employment. For example, in this story Pip, the narrator suffers at the treatment of his sister Mrs. Joe who tries to control him by showing her power over him, because she thinks that he is young and needs to be disciplined, (This made him hate her and thought as if she is his enemy), because usually when a person treats the other badly, the last feels negative about it. ...read more.


As for Pip he was forced to steal food for the convict, to submit to his demands. Otherwise he would get something he does not like, and therefore once a child gets into a life of crime it is hard for him to get out of the cycle. But Kipling's story is different, it represents India as foreign society for Teddy, who he can not cope with, and at the same time he tries to control Rikki and put him under his hold. The house he was living in with the big garden with bushes of roses represents how wealthy English people are, and their ability to invade other countries including India, in fact deal with it as if they are living in their own country. Animals that represent Indians have to listen to Teddy in order to live in secure place, as Rikki at the end of the story lives with Teddy happily. Comparing it to Dickens story, Dickens represents society at home in Britain while Kipling represents foreign society at India. The interaction between the characters of the story shows the social relation of that period. ...read more.


The animals themselves have a mini war between them. For example, the war between the snakes and the mongoose, birds and other animals. This story focused on the colonial-Britain Empire. Kipling's attitudes towards Indian-England relationships in colonial Indian is shown in this story, where Teddy, the small English white skinned boy, and his family represents British people who live in India, and treat the Indians as servants. So Rikki and the other animals worked hard to kill the snake for their master's sake. So the conclusion is that the ideal Indian was brave and loyal to the British. Finally, a social aspect is based on the relations of people and the way of their living, whereas the political aspects are based on the country's administrative system and the services it provides. The social and political aspects are the most important issues of a country, because it is the scale of measuring people's comfort. I think that Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling show successfully those aspects in their stories, in order to keep the reader conscious about the country's system and show them the reality of British people and Indians. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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