What is the basic summary of "The Mark of the Beast" by Rudyard Kipling?


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Rudyard Kipling's short story "The Mark of the Beast" is about the cultural misunderstandings between British colonists and their Indian subjects. The short story is considered an allegory, with symbolism used to represent the strife between these two conflicting parties.

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In the story, a British soldier in Colonial India gets drunk and causes harm to a sacred Indian statue. An Indian priest sees this and curses the soldier with a mark to his body. The next day, the soldier behaves like a beast. The priest is located, and forced to remove the curse, causing the soldier to return to normal. It is a criticism of the interaction between the colonizers and the colonized, and the way the Indians have been treated.

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