Rudyard Kipling - imperialism
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"...its purpose was to maintain stability, order, and peace amongst the heathen, to relieve famine, provide medical assistance, to abolish slavery, to construct the physical and the psychological groundwork for 'civilization,' and to protect the mother country. It was an island security in a chaotic world" (Cody 1).Kipling's British Empire hindered and assisted in his creative process (Cody 1). It created numerous subjects for his works, but in return brought upon a backlash of harsh criticism.
Some other sociological references of Kipling's are found in "Tommy." "Tommy" addresses the horrible treatment of soldiers by civilians and the British public's hypocritical opinions of the military (Young 153). The ending lines of "Tommy" especially express societies "love/hate relationship" with its soldiers (Cantalupo 256).
"For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute! But it's 'Saviour of 'is country' when the guns begin to shoot" (37-40). Apart from the military "Tommy" is seen as a prime example of Kipling's writing style with the use of accurate dialect. Rudyard Kipling is seen as "the common-man's poet" shown in this particular verse with his use of dialect. "I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o' beer, The publican 'e up an' sez, 'We serve no red-coats here.' « mai multe referate din Engleza