Lispeth Analysis Essay

Her er Studienets study guide til novellen "Lispeth" af Rudyard Kipling, som du finder i lærebogen Wider Contexts, s. 265 under temaet "Empire".

Vores analysehjælp indeholder disse elementer:

  • Resume
  • Plot
  • Struktur
  • Sprog og skrivestil
  • Karakteristikker
  • Temaer
  • Holdninger til imperialisme, perspektivering til "The White Man's Burden"
  • Andre værker: "The Secret of England's Greatness"

Fakta om novellen

  • Titel: "Lispeth"
  • Forfatter: Rudyard Kipling
  • Genre: Novelle
  • Udgivelsesår: 1886

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) var en meget berømt britisk forfatter fra Indien i den victorianske periode. Hans værker inkluderer både romaner, noveller og poesi. Kipling var stærk tilhænger af imperialismen som en civiliserende faktor. 


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The author relies on contrast to build the story and make it more dynamic, from the contrast between the whites and the natives to the contrast between Lispeth as a young woman and as an adult. We will further detail this aspect in the themes’ section. Here is just one example of contrast: “Her own people hated her because she had, they said, become a memsahib and washed herself daily” (p. 266, ll. 14-16); “She took to her own unclean people savagely, as if to make up the arrears of the life she had stepped out of” (p. 269, ll. 1-2)

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The plot in “Lispeth” by Rudyard Kipling can be described as follows: 

A girl born in a Himalayan village during the rule of the British Empire is raised as a Christian by a Chaplain and his wife. When she grows up, she falls in love with an Englishman she finds hurt on the road. The Englishman does not love her and has no intention of marrying her, but plays along at the request of the Chaplain’s wife. He leaves and never returns. The girl eventually finds out there was never going to be a marriage. She abandons the Christian faith and returns to her native people, where she lives the rest of her life.

Here is how you can identify each of the elements of the plot in the short story:

Exposition. The narrator introduces us to characters and setting. We find out how Lispeth was baptised and raised as a Christian by a Chaplain and his wife:“ She was the daughter of Sonoo, a Hill-man, and Jadeh his wife”. (p. 265, l. 9); “The Kotgarh Chaplain christened her Elizabeth, and ‘Lispeth’ is the Hil...

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