The Man Who Would Be King Themes & Motifs

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Imperialism and Nationalism

Imperialism is the driving force of the short story. If it were not for imperialism, the British colonization of India would never have happened. The setting is a result of imperialism, and the people native to England are especially supportive of the British Empire. The English monarchy becomes the basis on which Carnehan and Dravot form their plans. The British had already expanded their empire to almost every continent, and the men view this as a personal opportunity to wage a similar war in an unfamiliar place. The men use tactics that the British used before them in battles they fought firsthand. With this confidence, the men believe that the English are unstoppable. Being English themselves, they believe they can achieve anything another Englishman had before them and more.

The perspectives of the narrator, Carnehan, and Dravot are pervaded by the privileges native Englishmen...

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