What is Imperialism?

What do you know about Imperialism?

Using the Internet, look for information that helps you answer the following questions and then upload both, questions and answers on your blog. DO NOT COPY-PASTE!

1.- What is Imperialism? (5 lines)

2.- What do you know about Imperialism in Africa? (5 lines)

3.- What is your opinion about Imperialism? Is it fair or unfair? (5 lines)



Imperialism has also been present in literature. Such is the case of the book we will read “Heart of Darkness”. In this regard, the Palestinian writer Edward Said (1935-2003), a subject matter expert, in more than one opportunity stated that:

“You cannot continue to victimize someone else just because you yourself were a victim once—there has to be a limit”

“It is quite common to hear high officials in Washington and elsewhere speak of changing the map of the Middle East, as if ancient societies and myriad peoples can be shaken up like so many peanuts in a jar.”

“I don’t remember when exactly I read my first comic book, but I do remember exactly how liberated and subversive I felt as a result.”

“Despite the variety and the differences, and however much we proclaim the contrary, what the media produce is neither spontaneous nor completely “free:” “news” does not just happen, pictures and ideas do not merely spring from reality into our eyes and minds, truth is not directly available, we do not have unrestrained variety at our disposal”.

What do you think about these quotes?

Now, How do you think that Imperialism has taken advantage of literature?


The book, even though not originally was taken to the big screen in 1979, under the name of “Apocalypse Now”




The protagonist and main narrator of the story, he stumbles into Africa looking to sail a steamboat and finds much more. He possesses a strong interest in the past. He also has a good work ethic; he views working hard as a means of achieving sanity. In many respects, the worldview of Marlow is that of a typical European. Still, he is intended to be a versatile character, one of the few who does not belong to a distinct class, and he thus can relate to different kinds of people with more ease than his peers.


He is in charge of the most productive ivory station in the Congo. Hailed universally for his genius and eloquence, Kurtz becomes the focus of Marlow’s journey into Africa. He is the unique victim of colonization; the wilderness captures him and he turns his back on the people and customs that were once a part of him.


Marlow’s direct supervisor, he is a hard, greedy man who values power and money above all else. Yet he masks this crudeness behind a civilized demeanor. He seems to have an ability to outlive those around him. The Manager would like nothing more than to surpass Kurtz in the ivory trade and see him dead, so that he would no longer interfere with the competitive trade. He makes people uneasy, and the only explanation Marlow offers is that he is “hollow.”


He is the so-called first agent, who is the Manager’s pet and spy. He never actually makes bricks; supposedly he is waiting for the delivery of an essential ingredient. The Brickmaker is unlikable, cunning, and contemptible. His behavior flauts Marlow’s work ethic.


Kurtz’s devoted companion, he is an idealistic explorer who has wandered to the Congo on a Dutch ship and has been caught in the web of Kurtz’s obsessive ivory hunt. He is so young that it is uncertain whether or not he fully understands what he is doing in Africa. He is more or less attracted to the glamor of adventure. His unwavering support of Kurtz makes him humble and admirable.


They are a collective presence throughout the story. They are never described as individuals.


An unnamed passenger aboard the Thames ship, he provides a structure for Marlow’s story and is a stand-in for audience perspective and participation. He was once a sailor, and he seems affected by Kurtz’s tale due to his somewhat romantic nature.


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