The 's Attitude Of The British During Imperialism Essay

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As an overbearing, apathetic, paternalistic person, Kenny from Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya exemplifies the attitude of the British during imperialism. His counterpart, Rukmani, is a quiet, agreeable woman. As the novel progresses, so too, do their behaviors. The development of Rukmani and Kenny’s relationship symbolizes the relationship between India and Britain. Initially, Kenny lives separately from the Indians and shows little emotional support for them. His coldness and distance represent the literal and cultural divide between the two nations. Like Kenny, the British had no interest in hearing the voice of the Indian people, instead choosing to push their own beliefs on Indians. Furthermore, Kenny is racist and makes generalizations against Rukmani for being meek and unintelligent. For her part, Rukmani recognizes Kenny’s arrogance and ignorance, but does not speak against it. A strong connection between Rukmani and Kenny’s relationship can be made between India and Britain’s own. Historically, imperialism highlighted British economic, social and political sophistication, and Markandaya uses Rukmani and Kenny to symbolize Britain’s Eurocentric views.
The development of Rukmani and Kenny’s relationship symbolizes the relationship between Britain and India. Rukmani first meets the British doctor in her childhood hometown as her mother dies. She briefly informs him of her fertility issues, and he says he might be able to assist her. With Kenny’s help, Rukmani…

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