THE FAILURE OF THE CONCEPT OF THE WHITE MAN?S BURDEN IN JAMES GORDON FARRELL?S THE SIEGE OF KRISHNAPUR

Abstract

Author(s): Fatma KALPAKLI

With the discovery of new lands and with the improvements in sailing, the role of being enlightening colonisers is imposed on English men and this role is defined as “the white man man’s burden” by Rudyard Kipling. Imperialist British policies impose this role, that is the concept of the white man’s burden through education and literary works of art on the English men. The influence of the concept of the white man’s burden on English men may also be seen in James Gordon Farrell’s The Siege of Krishnapur (1973). In this novel, Farrell aims at showing the failure of the concept of the white man’s burden and the claims of bringing civilisation into the so-called backward places like India and he suggests that if more sound policies had been followed, both the physical and cultural clashes between the English and the Indians may not have been occurred.

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