Deemed nowadays a classical British writer, Rudyard Kipling enjoyed his peak of popularity during the 1890s (Williams 266). In the course of his prolific literary career, lasting from the 1890s to the 1930s (Hunter 21), Kipling wrote several novels, numerous poems and more than 250 short stories (Malcolm 114). Beside and to some extent due to his experiments with different literary genres, he covered diverse topics, devising a variety of characters. Not unexpectedly, many of his works both lyric and prose have been extensively studied by literary scholars and critics. For example, one of Kiplings Great War stories Mary Postgate has attracted the attention of such academicians as Jamie Paris, Peter E. Firchow, Trudi Tate, Kaori Nagai and Harry Ricketts who have addressed the following topics: civilian war neurosis, womens patriotism, motherhood and even Kiplings attitude towards the Great War.
Taking into consideration the vast literary heritage of Rudyard Kipling, it is unsurprising that not all of his works have been enjoying equal popularity among specialists. For example, to the knowledge of the author of this paper, the show more content
The short story, in its turn, narrates about a boy who deprives himself of an opportunity to become the better mansince, having failed to live up to a certain model, he shoots himself. In such a way, the texts seem to offer only two possible scenarios: Either a boy learns how to be a man and matures into one or he does not. Yet, despite their seemingly straightforward logic, the narrations allow one more option, namely becoming a man, as seen from the following parts of this
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