"(Page 29 HOD), and this is a clear evidence that proves how Marlow’s morals have been destroyed as he moves to each station. In conclusion, Heart of Darkness de-humanizes Africans, denies their language and culture and under estimates them by calling them with humiliating names. Heart of Darkness reveals the absolute hypocrisy of Europe. In Europe, colonizing Africa was necessary because it would not only bring wealth to Europe but it would also civilize and educate the “savage” African natives. It shows that the European colonizers used the high ideals of colonization as a cover to allow them to collect whatever wealth they could from Africa.
According to Lois Tyson, the colonizers think that they set up examples for the colonial people, so the colonised people “were considered ‘other’, different, and therefore inferior to the point of being less than fully human” In other words, the colonizers ... ... middle of paper ... ...me greedy. As Gene M. Moor has stated, Conrad hated imperialism in central Africa of its savageness, selfishness and devastation. Kurtz’s final words, ‘the horror’, ‘the horror’, are about how a civilized man can change to savagery when there is no restriction” Therefore, Kurtz can be considered as corruption brought to Africa from Europe. The death of Kurtz can be regarded as subversion of colonialism as it destroys both the colonizers and the colonised people. Heart of Darkness reflects the realities of world in the 19th century, that is Africans suffered and died because of European brutality during slave trading and colonialism.
The economic and political effects were also great, but nothing could measure up to the stark social consequences of Social Darwinism, and how that still affects Western Society today. Imperialism has taken many forms, one of the most heinous being the Social Darwinism occurring in Africa in the late 1700's. Europe's sudden swell of power lead it to invading and exploiting Africa, its people, and its resources. This effect of Imperialism in European Colonies in Africa sent a lasting social message to Western civilizations. While the political and economic effects of this tragedy cast a large shadow, the social repercussions of Social Darwinism are by far the most prominent.
They may proceed in different ways, but the reason for their activities garners the acknowledgement of their morality. The innovative explores the information obstacles between Europe and the evolving world through Conrad’s gradually unraveling description of African civilization and the environment of humanity inside the African persons. Due to European greed for power and selfish superiority they could not see past the differences in the way of life in the Congo. Africa is utilized and compared to Europe and the evolving world due to the views of the Europeans and the extremes of European exploitation. Still Marlow looked past this barricade and the compare of the two worlds to find humanity and he beings to realize African principles.
Ethnic favoritism has definite roots in colonialism. The redrawing of African boundaries was a tool used for colonial administration. In Richard Ilohar’s article, he states that “the exercise provided opportunities for the colonialists to play one ethnic group against another to maintain a strong grip on power,” which in fact agrees with Grabowski’s article which states the boundaries of African states “defied any genuine process of development, especially political development, and rather created fertile ground for conflict. The amalgamation of a wide variety of ethnic, religious, cultural and linguistic groups within the same nation in practice created fault lines that divided societies.” Ethnic groups who feel marginalized often develop feelings of revenge and hatred against those who enjoy socio-economic well-being from the resources of their states because of their affiliation to the ruler based on clientelist politicking (Alemazung, 2010). The mass brainwashing of post-colonial rulers and their successors, which has sustained neo-colonialism to the detriment and underdevelopment of the African people, meant that the “wrong” political culture was instilled into the minds and brains of the elites.
The Europeans had many motives for imperialism in Africa. Yet the true motives were often shielded as they tried tom present themselves as humanitarians when in reality they were making Africa a terrible place to live with brutality and harsh treatment of the African natives. The ways of the Europeans had many physical and emotional costs for the people of Africa. The imperialism process also took a toll on the people of Europe. The European imperialistic colonization in Africa was motivated by the desire to control the abundant natural resources an... ... middle of paper ... ... reasons.
I believe that he did not intend this novel to be a racist one. I believe that it was written to show how the naivety of the Europeans has led them to take extreme measures against the blacks. The whites are constantly appearing overwhelmed by the events that unfurl in the Congo, and this leads to their extreme actions rather then racism.
One of the negative impacts could possibly be the encouragement to wage more wars and conduct more raids against neighbors through the implications by European civilizations when demanding more slaves. Theoretically supported by the items of exchange, where kingdoms are provided with guns in exchange for slaves may prove this idea to not be totally sparked by insanity. Also, amongst the entire Atlantic slave trade Africa was the only continent to be affected by the loss of their population. There were not enough births in Africa to offset the number of people that would be shipped overseas. Leading to the disruption of the African nation 's cultures and economies impacting the development of African history.
Emecheta's Marxist examination provides an outline for illustrating how imperialistic capitalism alienated Africans from their culture, and from one another, causing irreparable damage to the social fabric of Nigeria. The Marxist argument in The Joys of Motherhood demonstrates how the root of the characters' downfall is the socioeconomic shift from the tribal economic paradigm to the exploitative, capitalist system used by the British. However, Emecheta also criticizes her tribal culture's oppressive hierarchy, illustrating the Ibo treatment of slaves and of women. So although European colonialism... ... middle of paper ... ...Marx and the Sources of Critical Theory. New Jersey: Rowman and Littlefield, 1981.
European Imperialism heavily impacted the African continent through culturally, economic, and political ideas. This era of history is heavily drenched in the aspect of ethnocentrism, which is the belief that one’s own culture is superior that of another. The Europeans colonized Africa believing that they could bring civilization, but they were often ignorant of Africa’s very complex societies. The European powers divided up the continent of Africa among themselves, without any consent from the people who actually lived there. The tribal stratification was changed to a caste system where racial, ethnic, and religious differences were of utmost importance, as delegated by European rule.