Many African countries tried to resist but failed because they didn’t have the correct resources. According to The Black Man’s Burden, by Edward Morel, “There chances of successfully resisting the Europeans has steadily dwindled with the increasing killing power of modern armies. Therefore, the African is really helpless against the white man because of his master of the military, their large economic power, and their knowledge of conquest.” This shows that Africans were against imperialism nations because they were trying to become independent. When
HL Language & Literature Written Task 2 1. How and why is a social group represented in a particular way? In Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, the natives of Africa – the Blacks – were represented in such a way that they seemed to have close to little or no value compared to the Whites. The constant use of animal imagery in the novel is both a comparison and a symbol that has been used in order to dehumanize any character that was not White. As such, it can be said that the novel seeks to represent the Blacks of Africa as lowlife beings, prehistoric barbarians and savage creatures that have no rights to say anything for themselves.
The truth is that the Africans live in a poor state due to the effect of brutal colonial exploitation, involuntary slavery and cruel violence towards them. This is because, in order for the European to gain the profit, Europe had assigned them as the manual labors. Marlow stated that they were forced by the Europe to be “carriers” and do the hard works so that the Europe gain the richness of the lands. For example, the Africans carry the packages which weight around 40 to 70 pounds on their backs and face the hard path throughout the jungle (Enas Subhi, 2010). Even worst, Marlow frequently saw the Africans were being beaten by the European when the carrying packages fall to the ground (Enas Subhi, 2010).
While Europe was trying to control and conquer Africa, Africa was really suffering and in hell because of Europe. In conclusion Europe and Africa both suffered from these events. These are nationalism, culture attitude, and economics. In the long run the race for Africa led to a war within Europe. Africa on this day still has European influences in their everyday lives.
All of these attributes that made the Africans different from the Europeans, were used as tools to justify their mistreatment. If someone is looked at as ugly or inhuman, they do not deserve to be treated as human. If someone doesn’t deserve to be treated as human, it does not rest on the conscience of the oppressors when they are unjust toward
Marlow tells his shipmates on the boat (the Nelly) that the natives passed him “within six inches, without a glance, with that complete, deathlike indifference of unhappy savages” (16). Marlow’s story of his experience exhibits how the Europeans captured the natives and forced them to work; to strip their homeland of its resources and natural beauty. When the Europeans colonize Africa, they do not want to help the African people, but exploit them and put them to work for their own desire of obtaining ivory, rubber, and other resources and goods. As the Europeans imperialize the area, they do not build culture or assist in the development of the Congo region, but break down culture as they enslave the natives and take away their rights, along with stripping the area of resources and natural, earthly beauty, which is conveyed through the cruel physical treatment towards the natives. This treatment is also presented through the literary devices that Conrad decides to use to reveal the experiences of the natives to the
The Europeans believed that they could change this new land to be more like Europe, because they believed Europe was the superior country. The Europeans believed they were colonizing unclaimed land. Ethnocentrism played a role in the imperialism and colonization of Africa because Europe felt superior to Africa, Europe wanted their land and natural resources, and because they felt like they were educating Africans and giving them a better life. As stated in an except from a lecture by John Ruskin, he felt that the greatness of England should be spread to every other nation. The document describes Europe as the world’s source of light and a center of peace.
The only thing Europeans loved more than political power was increasing their trade. In the 1800’s European nations had a desire to get a lead to widespread imperialism in Africa. With the end of slavery in 1833, European interest in Africa shifted to seizing colonies. King Leopold of Belgium acquired a private country in Africa that was 95 times bigger than Belgium and his purpose was to make money by taking out ivory and rubber. European leaders then became aware of two things: Africa was contained with natural resources, and a scramble of the riches could begin a war between European nations.
According to the theory, this is a natural process that should occur. It is significant because it was rationalization for imperialism. Europeans believed that it was right for them to take over African countries because they were stronger. “The Dark Continent” - What Africa was referred to because of the lack of information about it, the ignorance, and the skin tone. It is significant because it sparked an interest for explorers to find out more about Africa Berlin Conference - The European powers literally divided Africa up between themselves.
Afrofuturism focuses on one element: the motherland Africa. Due to involuntary movement of black people throughout the world, the loss of this "mother" has created a deep sense of longing for reunion, and this marks a major theme within the Pan-African and Black Nationalism movements. This Afrocentric focus also incorporates Egypt, both as a historic reality and a religious image. The birthplace of Afro-intellectualism, Egypt holds a pivotal role as a theoretical mothership, influencing artistic movements from the 1960s psychedelics to 2018's Black Panther. By upholding a role as a symbolic mother, the ancient Egyptians left a lasting testament as a religious people who balanced both tradition and technology, which has major influence on ideals