Analysis of Gunga Din by Rudyard Kipling

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“Gunga Din” by Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling was a great poet and also a great author. He contributed much in the world of literature. One of his poems was called “Gunga Din”, and I personally enjoyed it. Warfare has always fascinated me, and the setting for this poem was in a battle scene. Well, Gunga Din is actually a character, and I tend to think of this poem as a eulogy to a dead fantasy hero. He is not one with super strength or super speed, but with a super heart for humanity.

Rudyard Kipling was born on December 30, 1865, in Bombay, India. His parents were both English and had moved to India before his birth (Rao, K. Bhaskara Page 1). His father was a scholar and an artist in India. When living in Bombay, Kipling stayed there for the first six years of his life. He was privileged and he had servants in his household. They were Indian, and as a developing child, he seemed to absorb part of their culture into his life.

Like most other English boys his age, Kipling was shipped to London in order to study and attend school. According to him, this was a horrific experience, and he did not like it. He hated this experience. He stated that it had scarred him for the rest of his life, and he doesn’t give out any details (Beatx, Kirk H. Page 1). This was very traumatic experience for him. He was in a strange place where he did not have anybody to depend on, not even his family.

After Kipling did all of his studying, he moved back to India. He went there, and he had many jobs as a journalist for many different media papers. He then went on many different expeditions, where he reached areas such as China, Japan, and the United States before he finally settled back in England. There he met his wife Caroline Belestier. Right then and there he began his career as an author and poet. In fact, one of his best pieces was the Jungle Book (Philip Jason page 38).

Rudyard Kipling lived in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century’s. He lived over a period...
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