The Mark Of The Beast Essay Summary
The Mark of the Beast revolves around Fleete who newly arrives as a landowner in India. However, he excessively indulges in alcoholism during a party at the beginning of the New Year leading to indignation critical to the Indian Ape-god (Kipling and Joshi 70). He perpetrates the outrage to Hanuman by pulverizing a cigarette at the forehead of the Indian god. Soon after pulverizing the cigar ion the god’s forehead, Fleete proclaims in a drunken manner, that he marks the god with the mark of the beast (Kipling and Joshi 70). Unexpectedly, a nude man suffering from leprosy jumps on Fleete from behind the statue and touches Fleete’s chest with his head. Strickland takes Fleete home while still drunk after which he commences to transform gradually into a beast (Kipling and Joshi 71).
The nude leper attacks the young British man; Fleete who has debased the Indian culture, violently on his breast. Another priest tells Fleete that the incident that took place is not over hence Fleete gets further punishment from the cultural point of view. In relation to the English context, the mark of the beast serves a different purpose for Fleete and the rest of Englishmen around the globe. Similarly, the mark has a dissimilar meaning according to the Indian context bring misunderstandings and disagreements within the two diverse cultures. The branding that Fleete reveals immanent significance, by offering to the statue, but never imposes meaning, therefore, denying the responsibility of bias, in implications produced by certain actions. Fleet leave behind a mark on the forehead of the beast and the leper leaves a mark on Fleete’s chest similar to what he does to Hanuman’s statue. This may imply that the action that Fleete commits on the god articulates into the transformation into his own beast rather than that of god. According to Fleete, it seems fun to pulverize a cigar on the head of the statue although this cannot be considered the same to the populace around. This is well illustrated by the attack that Fleete receives from the nude leper.
Kipling, Rudyard and Joshi, S. T. The Mark of the Beast, and Other Horror Tales. Mineola, N.Y: Dover Publications, 2000. Print.