Part one of Notes- Heart of Darkness
Part one of Notes- Heart of Darkness English 1100 -01
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Reading Heart of Darkness What is a theme A theme is a central idea or statement that uni es and controls an entire literary work A theme is the author s way of communicating and sharing ideas perceptions and feelings with readers and it may be directly stated in the book or it mat only be implied Conrad comments on a range of themes that resonate with most readers such as The corrupting in uence of power Man s inhumanity to man Racial inequality Gender inequality Nature as adversary Colonialism The practice of acquiring full or partial political control over another country occupying it with settlers and exploiting it economically Imperialism a policy of extending a country s power and in uence through a diplomacy or military force Colonialism as practice and imperialism is the idea driving the practice The European imperialist push into Africa was motivated by three main factors Economic Political Social What is the 19th Century quotScramble for Africaquot The frenzied attempts the European commercial Military and political agents to Declare and establish a stake in a different parts of the continent through interimperialist commercial competitions Declare exclusive claims to particular territories for trade the imposition of tariffs against other European traders Declare claims to exclusive control of waterways and commercial routes in different parts of Africa The Congo from corporation to colony 0 18741877 Explorer Henry later Sir Henry Morton Stanley explores the Congo River Basin and brings it to Leopold ll s attention 0 1877 Comit d Etudes du Haut Congo later renamed Association Internationale du Congo opens up the African interior to European trade along the Congo River 0 18841885 The Congo becomes the Congo Free State in the Berlin West Africa Conference The Berlin West Africa Conference 0 The Conference produced a treaty known as the Berlin Act with provisions to guide the conduct of the European inter imperialist completion in Africa 0 Some of its major articles were as follows The Principle of Noti cation notifying other powers of a territorial annexation The Principle of Effective annexation Freedom of Trade in the Congo Basin Freedom of Navigation on the Niger and Congo Rivers Freedom of Trade to all nations Suppression of the Slave Trade by land and sea The Congo Free State under Leopold ll Forced Labour was used to gather wild rubber palm oil and ivory Beatings and lashings were used to force villages to meet their rubbergathering quotas as was the taking of hostages Rebellious actions by the Congolese elicited Swift and harsh responses from Leopold s private army the Force Publique Force Publique troops were also known for cutting off the hands of Congolese including children The population of the entire state is said to have declined from some 20 million to 8 million Impressionism and Symbolism in Heart of Darkness lmpressments were a school of painters who were particularly concerned with the transitory effects of light and they wished to de ect the eeting and impression for of a subjective point of view Modernism is an artistic movement across the arts painting sculpture poetry music etc in the late 1920th century When people talk about Heart ofDarkness it is talked about as a transitional work
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