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The outside influences on the status of the Congo region has both weakened the stature of the region and polarized the relationship between the outsiders and the Congolese through issues of warfare and ironically civilization Through the works Heart of Darkness The Poisonwood Bible and To our mothers sisters and girls of Congo Conrad Kingsolver and Liondjo respectively describe the shattering yet intricate effects of these influencesThe people of Congo region in short suffered throughout time with the pilgrims seeking development either intended for self-benefit or benefit for the community As this paradox runs the Congo region itself remains unaffected by the deeds of others the jungle maintains its ground as herds of Christian-proclaiming speakers raving profiteers and earnest travelers roam by the expanding Congo River The river tells many tales of the people Running in the water the early colonization and exploitation comes the gained Independence from the Belgians spans and the voices of the people enduring the change travelsLong present in the Congo region the issue of colonization and prestige versus self-independence created predicaments and corroded the pathway in nation building In Heart of Darkness the natives become frightened and disperse at the sound of Marlows whistle piercing sharply against what they are accustomed to hearing The natives are intuitively controlled by an unnatural unfamiliar force and as a result pushed to act without an inherent free will Kingsolver elevates this issue into light with the rise of Lumumba and the unchecked power of President Eisenhower supposedly a grandfather face of America Eisenhowers phrase We like Ike and the public admiration of his image boosts his reputation but the intrusive nature of his power harms the Congos road to true independence where the Congolese can effectively function as a self-standing nation The ascension of leadership involving and uninvolving the support of outside influences establishes a figurehead for the region However Lumumbas lack of control demonstrates how the nation is severely affected by the
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