When reading the book entitled King Leopold’s Ghost by author Adam Hochschild, there are many themes to which the book plays an interest to. King Leopold II of Belgium had an interest in the greed that colonialism brought the prospect for power and fame, and lastly the desire for slavery through the means of racism. In doing so, the book also explains the necessity for human rights and a type of moral care for not only Africa but the world as a whole. Now what must be said is that King Leopold was not the first European ruler to carve out his own area in Africa, Congo in particular for King Leopold II, for either monetary reasons or power-hungry control. The British and French had been there long ago, doing just that.
Marlow goes to Africa with the prejudiced racist ideas about the locals and an immense sense of superiority from Kurtz’s noble narratives on civilizing Africans. He is excited to meet the famous Kurtz. H... ... middle of paper ... ...ics and students alike in helping them to not only comprehend contemporary literary skills but more importantly understand the implications of foreign influence of whichever nature. Conrad’s contributions remain the focal point for many literal studies in the post-colonial curriculum, earning admiration from the readers, critics and intellectuals alike (Miller 5). Works Cited Achebe, Chinua.
Until 1884, no one could encroach upon inner Africa. Before this, the imposing countries had mainly concentrated on the coasts. By 1884 there was road connecting the Congo River to the coast, and the remaining European powers wanted in a piece of the action. The disagreements that resulted from this sudden urge to conquer Africa were what made the Berlin Conference so important (Part IV). Many reasons beyond the obvious also existed.
Williams was a journalist and had met Henry Shelton Sanford. Williams listened to Sanford explain the contribution that Leopold was doing to improve Africa and the slave-trade. This interested Williams because he thought that the Congo could potentially be a place for African Americans to return to and make their home again. Once he got there he was shocked at how badly the African people were mistreated and how the Congo was nothing like Sanford had explained to him. “Instead of Leopold’s being the noble antislavery crusader he portrayed himself as, “Your Majesty’s Government is engaged in the slave-trade, wholesale and retail.” Williams produced a pamphlet called the Open Letter that he reported to the International Commission.
King Leopold's Ghost: a Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998. 294 2 Hochschild. King Leopold’s Ghost, 259 3 "AC's Reviews > King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa." Goodreads.
Hochschild, Adam. King Leopold 's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999. Print. King Leopold’s Ghost is a popular history telling the story how Europeans systematically exploited Africa.
Unlike Mr. Doyle, Conrad's attempts to make social commentary on the pillaging of Africa immediately thrust him into the shoes of his character, and though he attempted to do good by shedding light on the matter, he made only a half-hearted attempt; not racism, merely a lack of strength of conviction. Works Cited: Achebe, Chinua. "An Image of Africa," from Chant of Saints: a gathering of Afro-American Literature, Art & Scholarship, Michael Harper, ed. University of Illinois Press, 1979 Conrad, Joseph Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer, 1902. Signet Classic, New York 1997.
King Leopold was responsible for mass murder in the Belgian Free State while at the same time convincing the people of Belgium and the world that his intentions in Africa were noble. Unlike the Belgian throne, King Leopold did not inherit the Congo in central Africa. He was perhaps frustrated that he had not inherited anything of value other than the small European country over which he had presided since 1865. Leopold saw his opportunity to change this in the heart of Africa and he sent Henry Morton Stanley to lay the groundwork for what would become his most lucrative possession. Stanley used questionable means to convince hundreds of chiefs to sign away their lands to King Leopold.
Imperialism is a policy of extending a country’s power and influence through diplomacy or military force. In the 20th century many European countries attempted to colonize the great continent of Africa. Europeans saw Africa as an area they would be able to profit from, as it had a great climate, good size, and some phenomenal natural resources. While the Europeans divided the continent of Africa they failed to see the possible negative effects on themselves, and the indigenous people of Africa. Their foresight was limited to only the positive outcomes.
He persisted in the mining industry despite harsh conditions and his ailing health. In 1873 he was sent to Oriel College in Oxford, England, but didn’t receive his degree until 1881 due to his frequent trips to Africa. It was in 1875 that a trip through the rich territories of Transvaal and Bechuanaland helped inspire his dream of British rule all over South Africa. He was a zealous countryman and a firm believer in colonization. He spoke of British dominion from “Cape to Cairo” and to “paint the map red” as red was the color of Britain and her colonies.