The Man Who Would Be King


Rudyard Kipling

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The Man Who Would Be King Symbols


The “contrack” between Peachey Carnehan and Daniel Dravot represents the strict moral code that Kipling believes is necessary to justify colonialism and imperalism. The contract requires both men abstain from alcohol and sex with women…

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Martini-Henry Rifles

When Daniel Dravot and Peachey Carnehan set out to conquer Kafiristan, they carry with them twenty Martinis along with ammunition. These Marini-Henry rifles, which were standard issue for the British army at the time, symbolize…

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Golden Crown

Daniel Dravot orders the people of Kafiristan to make golden crown, and he also has one made for Peachey Carnehan. These crowns represent Dravot and Carnehan’s dominion over the people of Kafiristan. When Dravot…

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