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"Rudyard Kipling's novel, Kim, justifies Empire and mythologizes the ordeals of colonial rule" To what extent is the above statement true in the novel.

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  • Submitted: 20/06/2006
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Q. "Rudyard Kipling's novel, Kim, justifies Empire and mythologizes the ordeals of colonial rule" To what extent is the above statement true in the novel.

Rudyard Kipling's Kim has never lost its prestige as a piece of adventure fiction, but, in the rise of postcolonial studies has been the subject of more and more critical study. In the course of this essay I intend to show that Kipling with Kim does indeed justify the British Empire's exploitation of India; not merely by not challenging imperialism, but by subtly reinforcing its racist values. I shall show that, although the author is certainly sympathetic towards Indian culture, he does eventually believe that their race is an inferior one and that race itself is something nonnegotiable. I intend to show that Kipling believed wholeheartedly that it was the white man's duty to subjugate the darker skinned races because these races were not able to look after themselves. In order to support this theory, I will show that, time and time again in Kim, the author displays natives to be helpless and childlike; more a danger to themselves than their British overlords. Fundamentally, we shall see that the author justifies imperialism through

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