The Ballad Of East And West By Rudyard Kipling Essay

812 Words Nov 12th, 2015 4 Pages
During the British Empire’s reign, many people had opposing views on the rest of the world. While some viewed colonized people as equals, others felt superiority over the rest of the world in many ways. Rudyard Kipling was an English writer who was someone who believed that even people from different ends of the earth could still get along. Richard Meinertzhagen, a British man who traveled to Kenya, wrote about his experience in his journal. He demonstrated in many ways his sense of superiority among the native people. Both of the men’s opinions were shaped by the vastly different lives they lived as British citizens: Kipling as a writer and Meinertzhagen as a soldier. In Rudyard Kipling’s life he experienced many interactions between him and people of other nations. Earlier in his life he wrote the short story The Man Who Would Be King about two British men who traveled to India to become kings. They come back and share stories of the natives with Kipling. In his poem, The Ballad of East and West, Kipling begins the poem by saying “Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet, Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God 's great Judgment Seat, But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth, When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!” This can be interpreted in many different ways, but basically it has one meaning in terms of superiority in the world. Kipling is inferring that although people may…

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