Unsurprisingly, forcibly removing someone from their homes and enslaving them to work on another continent, if they did not die on the dangerous trip there, does not foster peaceful relationships. This tension, built upon hostilities over colonization, and other poor treatment of African people, has helped contribute to the violence in Africa in the past. Furthermore, it is clear Europeans, and in turn, Americans, have always had a superiority complex towards Africans. This would lead to views of Africans as being inferior, which can lead to ideas of them being less civilized, and more dangerous. This compounds on the actual violence in Africa, and results in the world viewing the entire continent as violent and
Achebe was one of the first to write about African culture for westerners to read about, making Things Fall Apart a true innovation in writing. Achebe’s goals for Things Fall Apart is to counter the single story and portray a more cultured and complex of Africa opposing westerners ideals with the inclusion of Igbo folktales, Igbo proverbs, and 3rd person narration. Igbo folktales are an important piece of what makes Igbo culture complex, and unique. One Igbo folktale from Chapter 11 tells the story of a greedy tortoise who wants to join some birds in the sky for a feast. He tricks them and tells them his name is “All of you” then the birds say the meal is for all of you the tortoise takes all the food.
By using celebrations and sacraments that actually occur Achebe gains credibility of his work. Earlier in the book Achebe talked about how Umuofia was feared by the other clans, by letting the missionaries in and granting them the land to stay they have lost some of that respect. “If Umuofia decides on war, all would be well. But if they chose to be cowards, he [Okonkwo] would go out and avenge himself.” (199). Achebe helps the audience understand that some people in these tribes need to be the strongest, which is why he would include how
His thesis suggests that the colonist’s low expectation of work, knowledge of work, attitude of nobility, poor health, attitude of military operation, high expectation of the country, and the fact that these colonists were simply the wrong type of people for the frontier all contributed to the labor problem. Morgan’s article is convincing because all the points he makes are backed up with evidence and examples. Morgan probably did not see this labor problem as an exceptional part of America’s history. He also concludes his argument by mentioning that once the colonists gave up on the Indians, they soon went to African slaves. Morgan most likely did not perceive early America as exceptional because of this.
In a solution stated at the end of his book requesting Parliament to rid of slavery, Equiano suggests giving the Africans a chance to “catch-up” to the white man (Equiano, 199). As if no longer considering himself a native is not a big enough statement, he also considers the Africans less than the white men and himself. This is an enormous insult to the
Butler use very different methods to establish the same principle: slavery is fundamentally wrong. In The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn, Twain mocks the white perspective of slavery through his narrator, Huck; this contrasts how Butler utilisez Dana’s own opinions in Kindred to highlight the absolute savagery of a slave based society. These methods mirror the historical context in which both of these novels were written. Twain uses more covert methods to express his disgust at the hypocrisy, selfishness, and naivete because a publicly abolitionist book would have not garnered the widespread attention of neither publishers or readers. Butler, however, was able to capitalize on the more liberal morals of modern readers to openly preach her abolitionist and pro-equality
European contact with sub-Saharan Africa around the 1500’s was not mutually beneficial because they had different needs. The economic exchanges and political relationships were based off of European’s relations with the Upper class of Africa, however not the majority of Africa. Due to the massive expansion of Europe, they wanted to continue to grow, and the only way to do that was to open trading ports all around the world. In the end, Europe benefited from trading with Africa and they are the ones who ended up
Douglass also shows how even a slave's mind can be corrupted into believing they are less than human and how he feels that African Americans are not equal to Whites and how they are seen more like animals than humans. Douglass’s use of similes could persuade a reader to join the abolition movement, if they come to understand the conditions that Douglass is comparing. Frederick Douglass’s narrative consists of figurative language. His figurative language is intended to catch the eye and an emotional response of the reader. Douglass’s goal in writing his narrative is to persuade the reader to stand against slavery and realize
This, however, is not the case, as Conrad was just telling the truth of what occurred within Africa during the time of European colonization. Hugh Curtler refutes Achebe’s statements in his literary criticism “Political Correctness and the Attack on Great Literature”. This article takes a practical viewpoint about the book and stresses the point that Conrad was trying to explain the events that occurred during his time in Africa in a style of writing for the people at the time. Literary critics like Achebe label Conrad as complete racist, however, he is, in fact, the complete opposite as he utilizes this story as a way to paint a picture of the cruel actions that occurred at the time. European colonization devastated the way of life for many native Africans during the 1800s and early 1900s.
Conrad’s novella is from a white man’s point of view who travels to the Congo. On the other hand, Achebe’s story is based on an African’s point of view which he intentionally wrote to combat this negative image of Africans. While Achebe’s character’s can speak for its culture, lifestyle and traditions, Conrad’s character can only speak about what he sees and they stereotypical portrayal of Africans. According to Hunt Hawkins, “Achebe observes that Africans are barely present in Heart Of Darkness… It might be said that Conrad failed to portray Africans because he knew little of their culture, having spent less than six months in the Congo, mostly in the company of white men, and without knowledge of any African language.” Since this story is told by Marlow in the Congo, it focuses on a foreigner’s portrayal of Africans during the nineteenth century. Imagine going to a foreign place and being completely lost towards its culture and people.