MANGAL PANDEY – The RISING – REACTION
Explain in one or two complete sentences why you agree or disagree with the following:
____1)The British brought the benefits of modern civilization to India. The Indians should be grateful and respectful of British “civilization”. explain:
____2)Hewson’s beating of the Indian waiter is evidence that British rule was based
on violent, racist brutality, with only a superficial face of “civility”.
____3)Pandey was rightly angered when Gordon did nothing when the waiter was beat
Gordon was right to apologize to him. explain:
____4)Gordon’s inaction was a “blessing in disguise” – immediate retaliation would
have caused Gordon problems of perceived disloyalty. Also, delayed, anonymous retaliation (with Hewson’s horse) was a more effective “payback”. (revenge is “best served cold”)
____5)Pandey was a hypocrite for resenting the British racist “dog” attitude towards the Indian Sepoy class, but considering and calling the Untouchable a “dog”.
____6)British desire for wealth was “natural”. The Indians themselves had the “everything has a price” attitude that accepted the “reality” of riches and “greed”.
____7)British involvement in the opium trade, exploiting Indian farmers, and forcing
it against Chinese wishes by force, shows the British were excessively greedy and immoral.
____8)Gordon’s rescue of the Sati widow was a bad idea. He was wrong to “interfere”
with a thousands year old Indian traditions. Also, he risked his own life in a “no win” situation.
____9)Gordon’s rescue of the Sati widow was a good idea. Sati is sexist, wrong, “barbaric” murder. He and the British were noble and courageous to resist this ancient custom.
____10)Lockwood’s fight against company “corruption” showed that the British were
not all, greedy jerks. Greed is a “universal” problem. The shooting and burning of the villagers and villages was an example of needing to instill “respect for the law” for smugglers.
____11)Lockwood was a fool for turning down the “gift/bribe” of 3000 pounds of gold.
The destruction of villagers and villages was an evil, misguided and “unrealistic” attempt
to establish “law” with no “justice”. Didn’t those “dumb” British remember what happened
when they tried to economically (over?) regulate their American colonies?
____12)Pandey’s fight against Hewson after he tried to take Heera “out of turn” was a
good idea. Someone had to stand up to that arrogant bully. Pandey was noble and “heroic”.
____13)Pandey should not be considered a “hero”. He was a hyprocrite for calling them
disloyal whores who sold their bodies to whites, when in fact he “sold his soul” to the Brits.
Sepoys and prostitutes both benefitted from and were victimized by British exploitation.
Pandey was hypocritically guilty of the same arrogant sense of superiority towards Indians of
an “inferior” class that some of the British showed towards him and other Indians.
____14)Pandey’s romantic pursuit of Heera was a good idea. Love should be “blind”
to individual choice, not group conformity. Indian “arranged” marriage at age 12 is wrong.
____15)Pandey’s romantic pursuit of Heera was a bad idea. It’s dumb, dishonest and
unrealistic to give up his “privileged” group status to be with a slave girl prostitute.
Western divorce rates are evidence that westerners are clueless and unrealistic when it
comes to choosing marriage partners. Explain:
____ 16)Pandey’s “hot and cold” reaction (extreme love and loyalty, then hate and violent
rebellion) to the British was ultimately foolish. The British in India was “mixed” –
both good and bad. He should have lived with that “reality” instead of lead a suicidal revolt.
(What happened to Pandey almost everytime he physically fought the British in the movie?) Explain:
___ 17)Gordon’s ultimate defection to the Sepoy cause was foolish.Why betray your country
and risk death for an “unjust” and sometimes barbaric (sati, the caste system) nation
The British were not perfect, but giving up your privileged existence and life was stupid.
____18)Pandey and Gordon both did “the right thing”. Better to fight for something you
feel strong emotions about (“romanticism”) than passively do nothing against “wrong”.
Better to “die right” (as “heroes”) than to “live wrong” (as “hypocrites”).