Lovers Trapped In Animal Stampede Analysis

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This movie was released in 1950, a delicate period for African countries. Trying to fight for decolonization after having been divided by western countries for their human and natural resources, this continent was not much acknowledged. The first thing to note is that at this specific time, after having discovered the mysterious continent and its inhabitants, the world had a very “savage” view of Africa and its people. “Native” Africans were more seen as uncivilized animals than actual humans with a different culture and history. This movie shows us how the contact between westerners and Africans was established but most importantly exposes a problematic view of Africa that is still present today in most of western societies.

First of all,
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The 3 main characters, Allan Quartermain, Elizabeth Curtis and John Goode, definitely classify the “natives” as not the same human category as they are by the use of terms such as “we/they”, “us/others” to clearly mark that difference. We can see that these people are not recognized as full humans. This is also noticeable in the promotional film poster of the movie: “Lovers trapped in animal stampede” referring to the fierce environment where the movie was shot. By using the term “animal stampede” the humans living in there have been ignored and regrouped in the same

EL HICHOU 2 category as the animals. By the use of certain terms in this movie, they have categorized clearly the 2 different people: “civilized humans” and “savage animals”.

It sounds ridiculous when we see in the movie how ignorant westerners were about Africa but once we really observe the people around us, we rapidly face
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A dialect is a variety of a language. Each language has several dialects that belong to different ethnic or social groups. By the use of the term “African dialects” they are all grouped together whereas none of them resemble to one another. For example Zulu (South Africa) and Wolof (Senegal) are considered as “African dialects” whereas they are official languages very different from each other. There is a complete variation of language from country to country. Let us also mark that a language is defined as more official and written, while a dialect is mostly spoken, uncertified and looked down upon. The use of this term takes out the whole authenticity of each language. The perception of Africa is then narrowed to one culture, with similar tribes living in different areas. The tribes are painting our outlandish vision of these people. The same image we see in movies, people dancing around fires, wearing a lot of colors, living in a fully natural environment with no contact whatsoever with the rest of the
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