Empire Quotes

List of quotes and their analysis for the context part of the exam.

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  • Empire
    • POETRY
      • The White Man's Burden, Kipling
        • ‘Take up the White Man’s burden’
          • Ironic, as colonisation is the burden of the natives not the whites (white attitude)
        • ‘To seek another’s profit’
          • Imperialism is for the natives, ironic
        • ‘Half-devil and half-child’
          • Metaphor, anthropomorphism, ambiguous, are they human + connotations
      • To India, Sarojini Naidu
        • ‘Rise, Mother, rise’
          • Personification, metaphor, imperatives = over come colonisation
        • ‘Nations that in fettered darkness weep / ... lead them where great mornings break'
          • Darkness is a metaphor for colonisation / Light symbolic of independence = Antithesis between light & dark
    • PLAY
      • AWoNI
        • "Have you any country? What we should call country?"
          • Questions show ignorance - dismissive of other cultures. Britain = epitome of what a country is
        • "You must find it very draughty"
          • Lady Caroline to Hester on America
            • "Have you any country? What we should call country?"
              • Questions show ignorance - dismissive of other cultures. Britain = epitome of what a country is
          • Connotations of empty / boring
          • Patriotic and narrow minded love if England & an assumed superiority
        • "As far as civilisation goes they are in their second"
          • Lord Illingworth of America
          • England 1st, America 2nd
    • PROSE
      • Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
        • ‘Their limbs were like knots in a rope’
          • Simile / emotive = suffering
          • Symbolic of their entrapment
        • "Red-devils"
          • How he describes the white colonists
          • Red religious imagery (devil is repeated)
          • Anger, lust and greed of the white man
      • Flora Annie Steel
        • "Castor oil" = "Mistress' duty"
          • Steel on her treatment of the Indian Slaves
          • Ironic, she believes she is being humane and justified
        • "what absolute children Indian servants are"
          • Metaphor / repeated motif of children = uneducated, need of sophistication
          • British superiority

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