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The Second Coming The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats describes two very different points of view of two very different types of people The poem describes the white mans thoughts about how uncivilized and unholy the native peoples of Africa were and yet it also describes how uncivilized and dictatorial the white men were This poem can be considered prophetic of some world events in the 20th Century because of the fact that white men actually did go to Africa to convert natives and because they did go because of the birth of Christianity A shape with lion body and the head of a man a gaze blank and pitiless as the sun 14-15 This passage best describes the native Africans thoughts about the horrific white man that came to their land to destroy their religion and spoil society For years white missionaries have been traveling to Africa and other developing nations to spread the word of Christianity Even though the Bible does say to spread the word of the Lord white men have no business whatsoever traveling to Africa and completely abolishing and belittling the beliefs of others which are in no way hurting them In the poem the natives thought of the white man as an evil desert bird Bethlehem Asleep in a manger lies the little baby Jesus This scene can be compared to the first steps of a child These were the first steps of Christianity Soon bewitched by the preaches of the Bible people all over the country began to believe in Christianity The Bible tells people to spread the word of the Lord to all those that do not believe in the faith So the white man did exactly this They went over to the developing nations and they began to set up churches in the name of Christianity Little did they know that
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