66 - Assigned Number: 66 River Portraying Gloom in Conrad...

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Assigned Number: 66 River Portraying Gloom in Conrad and Salih due to Colonialism P1 Every imperial power uses land, water or air to its advantage to colonize another territory. It is expressed in some world literature novels that European powers, such as Belgium and England, have used the river to exploit African nations. Joseph Conrad and Tayeb Salih use the river to portray the gloom of colonialism in their novels “Heart of Darkness” and “Season of Migration to the North”, respectively. Both novels emphasize that the “germs of empires” (Conrad 7) and “the germ of the greatest European violence” (Salih 79) spreads to Africa through the river. It can be argued that this germ is the influence of Western culture and way of life due to colonialism. The natives suffer from the aftermath of colonialism, thus Salih and Conrad uses the river to portray the gloom of imperialism. For example, Conrad shows how “the germ of a deadly disease” (Salih 79) affects the natives- “They were not enemies, they were not criminals, they were nothing earthly now—nothing but black shadows of disease and starvation, lying confusedly in the greenish gloom.” (Conrad 12) It is noted that both authors has used diction and connotation to successfully portray the gloom. P2 In both works, the river is portrayed as a “snake” that is constantly searching for a new victim to kill. The word “snake” has a negative connotation and is usually used to portray evil. In Abrahamic religions, serpents are connected with deceit. It is also noted that snakes have appeared in other forms of media such as movies to depict wickedness. Salih portrays the Nile River as a “snake god” and Sudan, “a new victim” of the snake god for it has been “infected with a deadly disease… which will bring about [its’] destruction.” (Salih 34) The words “infected”, “deadly” and “destruction” are associated with death and has a negative connotation; by using these words, Salih sets a gloomy atmosphere to show the aftermath of colonialism in Sudan. It can also be argued that “those floodings that occur once every
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This note was uploaded on 03/16/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Chodorow during the Spring '11 term at UCSD.

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66 - Assigned Number: 66 River Portraying Gloom in Conrad...

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