The Man Who Would Be King Author: Rudyard Kipling Year Published: 1888 Genre: novella Pages: 13-25

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The Man Who Would Be King
Author: Rudyard Kipling
Year Published: 1888
Genre: novella
Pages: 13-25

Settings in this section: the newspaper office and Kafiristan

Primary characters in this section: Dravot, Carnehan, Kipling
Secondary characters in this section: Billy Fish, other newly renamed priests, The Kafiristani


Include two specific examples of Dravot and Carnehan acting as responsible men:

When Carnehan loads the mules with the rifles and when Dravot and Carnehan use very well-made disguises




Include two specific examples of Dravot and Carnehan embracing their fantasy of being kings:

 When Dravot becomes a god in the eyes of the Kafiristani people and when Carnehan accepts the crown that Dravot had made for him despite it not being a great fit for him


What is the purpose of each action?

 The rifle-loading shows responsibility by demonstrating how they keep themselves somewhat organized. The disguises show responsibility by demonstrating that they have taken the time and effort to learn the native culture enough to make excellent disguises. Both show how seriously they take this quest of theirs.

What is the purpose of each action?

 Dravot accepting godhood shows how he is now drunk with power and ambition, something which may prove to be his downfall. Carnehan’s acceptance of the crown shows how even he who is more responsible can attach themselves to what is wrong.







What is your reaction to their actions?

 My reaction was positive as they showed how seriously they took this journey of theirs.

What is your reaction to their actions?

 Mostly negative. Pretending to be a god among men seldom ends well and attaching yourself to such a character will see you fall with him







Interactions between British, Indian, and Kafiristani cultures:   Include two additional specific examples from the text.

 “So Carnehan weeds out the pick of

his men, and sets the two of the Army to
show them drill and at the end of two weeks
the men can manœuvre about as well as
Volunteers. So he marches with the Chief
to a great big plain on the top of a mountain,
and the Chiefs men rushes into a village
and takes it; we three Martinis firing into
the brown of the enemy.”

 “We gave them names according

as they was like men we had known
in India—Billy Fish, Holly Dilworth, Pikky
Kergan that was Bazar-master when I was
at Mhow, and so on, and so on”







Result of each interaction:


They take the village and increase their favor with the chief that asked them to do it.

The newly renamed priests now have the names of people that the duo knew back in the Raj.

Who benefitted from these interactions?


The first interaction benefitted both the duo and the chief whose enemies were vanquished since one has less enemies and the other has more friends. The second interaction benefitted the duo since their renaming shows their power over the people and they have an easier time with their names.

Memorable and Important quotes:  Include at least three specific quotes from the text that caught your attention or made you curious.

 ““One morning I heard the devil’s own

noise of drums and horns, and Dan Dravot
marches down the hill with his Army and a
tail of hundreds of men, and, which was the
most amazing—a great gold crown on his
head. ‘My Gord, Carnehan,’ says Daniel,
‘this is a tremenjus business, and we’ve got
the whole country as far as it’s worth having.
I am the son of Alexander by Queen Semiramis,
and you’re my younger brother and
a god too!”

““‘It’s against all the law,’ I says, ‘holding

a Lodge without warrant from any one;
and we never held office in any Lodge.’

“‘It’s a master-stroke of policy,’ says

Dravot. ‘It means running the country as
easy as a four-wheeled bogy on a down
grade. We can’t stop to inquire now, or
they’ll turn against us. I’ve forty Chiefs at
my heel, and passed and raised according
to their merit they shall be.

“‘You can fight those

when they come into our country,’ says
Dravot. ‘Tell off every tenth man of your
tribes for a Frontier guard, and send two
hundred at a time to this valley to be drilled.
Nobody is going to be shot or speared any
more so long as he does well, and I know
that you won’t cheat me because you’re
white people—sons of Alexander—and not
like common, black Mohammedans. You are
my people and by God,’ says he, running
off into English at the end—‘I’ll make a
damned fine Nation of you, or I’ll die in the making!’” 

Paraphrase of the quote:
One morning, I heard the cacophony of drums and horns. I see Dravot marching down the hill with his army and, to my surprise, I see him wearing a golden crown! He tells me how great all of this is, having an entire country to ourselves. He says he is now the son of Alexander by Queen Semiramis and that I’m his younger brother, making me a god too!

What elements make the quote memorable or important?

the references to Alexander and Queen Semiramis, despite how ahistorical their meeting would be, piques my historical interests. The fact that the duo is considered godly is as interesting as it is disturbing.

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