As Marlow goes deeper into the heart of the continent, Conrad’s depiction of Africa is infused with a sense of fear loathing and abomination coupled with a sense that there is some dire evil at work; a malevolent force that carries out the acts of inhumanity. Illustrations of Joseph Conrad’s don’t only focus on Africa as a continent but also carries on the physical and mental characterization of the natives. The author describes Marlow’s first encounter with an African ceremony as, “a burst of yells, a whirl of black limbs, a mass of hands clapping, of feet stamping, of bodies swaying, of eyes rolling” (Joseph 57). Joseph Conrad goes portrays Marlow’s reaction to this somewhat bewildering frenzy of the natives “as sane men would be before an enthusiastic outbreak in a madhouse” (Joseph 58). Conrad’s description of these people shows them as deranged, frenzied, and intense feverish savages, not an image any modern day western writer would dare to warm up to.
The prejudices made by the Europeans are evident throughout Conrad’s novel, however, two books have counteracted that idea and tried to prove the well developed society that exists all over Africa. Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton and Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, both focus on debunking the stereotypes of Africa. Paton and Achebe both explore the concept that Africa does have culture but are slowly losing it due to the settlement of whites. However, Paton implements the idea of white savior complex which is the idea that only whites can help the blacks regain establishment. As Conrad creates the atmosphere that Africa is seen as limited, in contrast, Paton and Achebe criticize it by... Joseph Conrad primarily perceives the westerners’ attitudes towards Africans similarly like most Europeans who believe they are higher and more developed.
Hawkins agrees with Achebe’s and quotes him saying, “teems with Africans whose humanity is admitted in theory but totally undermined by the mindlessness of its context and pretty explicit animal imagery surrounding it.” (366). the mere symbol of being black shows that they are somehow inferior to the whites. This common theme, often shown by Marlow, again shows the effects of imperialism toward “lower” cultures. Further creating the illusion that colors are reversed in
Through his story, Douglass proves that slavery has negative effects on slaveholders. He uses imagery, flashbacks, and characterization to persuade the reader of the true nature of slavery. His deep thoughts and insights of slavery and the unbalanced power between a slaveholder and his slave are unprompted for a social establishment. Douglass insists that slaveholding fills the soul with sadness and bitter anguish. In addressing effects of slavery on masters cause one man to rethink his moral character and better understand the laws of humanity.
Joseph Conrad’s novella Heart of Darkness, which describes the colonization of Africa and its ramifications, was published in 1899 when colonialism and imperialism were still at their full strength. Many have praised the story as an excellent example of anti-imperialism, but there are some critics who think quite opposite, insisting that it is racist. In my opinion, Heart of Darkness does provide subtle criticism of imperialism, but dehumanizing descriptions of Africa and its natives are much more prominent and therefore leave stronger impression on the readers. In the 19th and 20th century it was a universal truth that black people are inferior and uncivilized beasts and that it is white people’s duty to bring them on the right track – to
The Injustice of Greed “Greed is the inventor of injustice as well as the current enforcer”- Julian Casablancas. In an ancient world composed of greed, selfishness and abusive power, injustice becomes consistent throughout history. An ambiguous history, composed of debatable situations, that prove mankind deserves a quintessence of it own selfish actions. Not to mention, rising supreme nations grappling for substandard people and raw materials. From the Portuguese enslavement of the people of the Congo to European nations, ‘Scrambling for Africa’, in hopes of harnessing resources for self-serving means of profit.
Manipulation of the African Race in Othello In William Shakespeare’s Othello, racism is a principal theme that drives the plot of the entire play. An outlier in Venice, Othello the moor or African, is targeted by his ensign Iago because Cassio who seems to be unqualified, was promoted to a lieutenant before he was. Iago is driven by envy and jealousy and creates a confusing and elaborate plan to deprive Cassio of his position. Iago also shares these envious motives with Roderigo, a man lusting over Othello’s wife. These two villains slander Othello to the point of eradicating any pity the audience could have developed towards Othello.
His motives are influenced by his thoughts, which result from the social pressure he experiences as an African American. The chain reaction resulting from the American culture of the 1930s is what Wright is trying to exploit. Wright uses Bigger’s story to represent the product of this cultural hardship. Insight on Bigger’s thoughts and actions allow us to see how these social prejudices influence the life of African Americans. Wright’s main goal was to emphasize on the psychological effect racism had on African Americans.
Where is all the improvement? That is a very frank question. Casually looking at his race one would think that the continent could not sustain development, however a thorough study of history will reveal the exploitation of Africa by the Europeans. The rich continent was subject to rude interruptions by unwanted visitors across the Atlantic. These came in the guise of bringing ‘civilization’ and ‘religion’ to the ‘barbarians’ in the land.
In Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart, Achebe, through his utilization of rhetorical questions, word choice that show the weakness and strength of the Igbo verses the European people, and the title’s symbolism to the novel as a whole, is able to illustrate the differences between the European colonialists and the Igbo society that caused their inability to communicate, which led to a state of desperation, and eventually resulted in the damage of the Igbo society. Achebe is able to emphasize how deeply the Igbo society was affected through cultural and societal transformations due to the colonization of the Europeans. In part three of the book, the main character Okonkwo and his friend, Obierika, have a conversation concerning what has