Culture And Colonialism: The Importance Of Imperialism In British Literature

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“Every effort is made to bring the colonised person to admit the inferiority of his culture which has been transformed into instinctive patterns of behaviour, to recognise the unreality of his 'nation ', and, in the last extreme, the confused and imperfect character of his own biological structure.” As Frantz Fanons (1959) speech highlights, culture and Imperialism go hand in hand. Where there is culture and potential for expansion of the coloniser, imperialism will seek to conquer and eliminate. The Encyclopaedia Britannica describes imperialism as “state policy, practice, or advocacy of extending power and dominion, especially by direct territorial acquisition or by gaining political and economic control of other areas”. Imperialism drives the need for expansion of territory. As a result of this expansion,the imperialists force the idea of inferiority of culture on the colonised peoples. Once the colonisers over-took they had blatant disregard for the culture and instead aimed to, in most cases, Westernise the colony, making the people conform to the expectations of the colonising nation. In educating the colonised, they educate them on western culture, history and belief, not taking into consideration the history and culture of the colonised. In the case of British colonies it is British literature that is studied and British values that are taught. An example of this is in Forester’s (1924) A Passage To India, “ the distorted impact of imperial culture can be seen even

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