Today we talked about weddings. We discussed how weddings serve as a window into cultural values before we started applying this understanding to Things Fall Apart. Then we talked about imperialism and began to evaluate methods European explorers used to "justify" their imperialism.
Your homework is to read "The White Man's Burden" and answer the following questions:
1. How does Kipling describe people who aren’t “white”? What does he achieve by this description?
2. According to Kipling, what is the White Man’s Burden? What do Europeans have to do?
3. What does Kipling claim to be the reward of the White Man’s Burden? (5th stanza)
4. What do you think is the purpose of this poem?
5. What parts of this poem prove that “The White Man’s Burden” is really about imperialism?