The poem depicts the inhuman acts on a people that are being transported as property to be sold in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Hayden shows us the oppression that the Africans received throughout their long voyage. Along with Middle Passage we also are looking into a short story called Shooting An Elephant written by George Orwell. Shooting An Elephants outlines the story of an officer who is deciding whether or not he can go against his superiors or follow the majority, or even his own path. Orwell uses his writing to show how in Shooting An Elephant oppression is something that you see symbolized indirectly through elephant.
‘Heart of Darkness’ was written in 1899 by a Polish novelist Joseph Conrad, about the expedition up the Congo River in the Heart of Africa. This essay will mainly deal with the reference of the ‘darkness’ in the novel and it even deals with the theme which will further support the statement. The idea of ‘darkness’ in ‘Heart of Darkness’ represents evil or dark side of Humanity. It is also related to the idea of colonization, especially when it comes to the idea of mistreatments of people and misuse of natural resources.
Chinua Achebe, a Nigerian author, found this work particularly racist and wrote a response to it, “An Image of Africa”. Through Achebe’s work, we realize Heart of Darkness contained a single story leaving naive readers with a single image of African natives.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a story by Harriet Beecher Stowe, was published in 1852. The novel reinforced abolitionist views by looking into the lives of slaves, their treatment, their sadness, and their grief. Uncle Tom, whom one may call the protagonist, is a hard-working, god-loving slave that endures trials and tribulations - including death. Throughout the plot, Tom’s owners, along with other kind, loving slaves’ owners, are often portrayed as evil, vicious, and monster-like creatures. Stowe writes with horror as slaves experience violence, considering the act just as sinful as a white man beating another of his own race.
The horrors of the war are reflected throughout the novel, but Ninh uses the landscape of the Central Highlands to reflect on Kien, and how the war affects him. There are sharp and horrific descriptions of the Jungle of Screaming Souls, where effective language conveys images of Kien’s suffering and the overwhelming power that it has on Kien’s mental state. Ninh also uses strong images and juxtaposition to reflect on his image of his hometown, and how that image has changed after the war, where the reader interprets people’s horrible suffering in poverty. The relationship between the violence and the natural landscape also conveys the traumatic environment that soldiers had to cope with, to the reader, using grim language to describe both the landscape and the violence.
The quotes is an interpretation of the late 1800’s King Leopold enforced ivory raids through military force of trade, capture, and/or killing to expand his colony. King Leopold exploitative traits of African men, women, and children as porters calling them “volunteers” were harsh and cruel amongst the land. Volunteers were treated as slaves, who were once natives of the capital of Leopold’s Congo in Boma. Many of the mercenaries in Leopold’s army that were black were known as “liberated men” set to serve under the Force Publique.
In Hochschild book, he describes how although Leopold never stepped foot in Congo, he exploited the region for its ivory and rubber, while oppressing the natives to forced labor for his own personal gain. In addition he used and army of mercenaries to force the indigenous people into slavery to work mines, extract ivory, hardwoods, or on rubber plantations. While King Leopold exploited ivory, rubber, mining, and hardwoods, other European powers exploited their colonies raw materials. Davidson highlights how raw materials were made into finished products and sold back to colonies for profits. The Senegalese (colonized by French) economy was focused on exporting cash crops to France, while in Kenya (colonized by British) Africans worked on tea and coffee plantations.
Based on the articles and readings provided in class, the argument can be made that every colonial group is racist. In other words, racism is a reoccurring tool used by imperializing powers in order to effectively subjugate native peoples and justify their own actions to themselves and their own peoples. “The pattern established at the outset has remained unchanged… the Spaniards still do nothing save tear the natives to shreds, murder them and inflict upon them untold misery, suffering and distress, tormenting, harrying and persecuting them mercilessly” (de las Casas). Here in the Spanish Caribbean racism is repeatedly used to undermine the cultural values of native Caribbean peoples while highlighting the greatness of Spanish culture/way
It is, however, disagreeable, and because of this, it can cause inequality and injustice among all people. Racism can also blind people from the truth about one's personality. Harper Lee, the author of the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, compares the Great Depression-stricken town of Maycomb to the Marxist views of “black versus white” opinions. Racism has been proven to be immoral, as it is presented in this novel. A situation in Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill
For what society does Kurtz write a report? What attitude toward the inhabitants of the Congo does he display in the report? What change in attitude is indicated by the handwritten note at the end of the report? Kurtz writes a report for the International Society for the Suppression of Savage Customs, in it, conveying an attitude of respect, almost, towards the inhabitants of the Congo. However, in his handwritten note, informally scribbled at the end of the report, he adds that “the brutes” should be “exterminated.”
Each demeaning act was intentionally carried out to dehumanized and psychologically torture the Africans before their new lives as slaves began. Both the Native Americans and Africans were dominated both physically and psychologically by the English, resulting in North America being dominated by European
Imperialism is not alway so obvious. Imperialism is hidden in the Jungle Book’s story The White Seal. The White Seal is about a white seal who witnesses his friends being killed by seal hunters. He goes on a mission to find an island that has never been inhabited by man. There are some hard times but he eventually finds the island where he and all his friends can be safe.
In this essay I argue that due to Heidi being raised in a country with a different lifestyle, values and traditions compared to her original birthplace, Heidi cannot be judged for not understanding the experiences her biological family went through. However, I still believe that it was fair for Heidi’s birth mother and siblings to ask for financial help since they were struggling. When Heidi went to Vietnam to visit, there was a culture shock for her like when people cooked on the streets and bathed outside of the house with a bucket of water. But not only did she lived a different lifestyle than her family in Vietnam, she was raised differently by a white American mother.
The opposition to the Spanish American war was too little to deter the inevitable American success that came as a direct result of fighting the glorious war. However, there were some American congressmen, political organizations, and other American citizens that did not see eye to eye with the imperialist values that allowed for our triumph as it pertains to this glorious and successful war. The Anti-Imperialist American League which began in 1898 in direct contradiction to the war and included people such as Mark Twain, Grover Cleveland, Samuel Gompers, Jane Addams, and Andrew Carnegie, were opposed to gaining resources and serving prosperity to all along the way.