Literary Contexts in Short Stories: Rudyard Kipling's "The Man Who Would Be King"

Panesar, Gurdip
July 2007
Literary Contexts in Short Stories: Rudyard Kipling's 'The Man W;2007, p1
Literary Criticism
This essay presents information about Rudyard Kipling's short story "The Man who would be King." The essay provides a plot summary of the story and contextualizes the content through an exploration of historical, religious, scientific & technological, societal and biographical information. Kipling's "The Man who would be King" tells the story of Dan Dravot and Peachey Carnehan, two Englishmen living in British India who set out to make a name for themselves in Kafiristan, a remote region of Afghanistan. They achieve their dreams of conquest for a time, but this comes to an end with brutal suddenness.


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