Perspectives

Literary perspective

“An Outpost of Progress” by Joseph Conrad is a modernist short story. One feature of modernism is the presence of flawed and anti-heroic characters. This feature is also found in “An Outpost of Progress”, where Kayerts and Carlier are symbols o…

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Works with the same theme 

The short story “The Gentlemen of the Jungle” by Jomo Kenyatta also deals with the theme of colonialism. Here, the author uses wild animals as symbols of the colonial powers. The animals appear friendly and claim that they want to protect people, but they actually take advantage of them, occupy their lands, and exploit them. Both “An Outpost of Progress” and “The Gentlemen of the Jungle” criticize colonialism and its intentions. 

A different perspective on colonialism is presented in “The White Man’s Burden” by Rudyard Kipling. Unlike “An Outpost of Progress”, the poem presents colonialism in a positive light, with Kipling suggesting that it is a white man’s duty to civilize the native populations. When analyzing the two poems, you could discuss the two opposing perspectives.

The short story “Supertoys Last All Summer Long” by Brian Aldiss deals with the theme of lo…

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