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In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries imperialism was rampant Most of Europe was trying to claim colonies in Asia Africa and the Pacific The desire to acquire prosperity in this manner was rationalized at the time by most colonial powers This rationalization essentially claimed that the technologically more advanced Europeans had a duty to take on the white mans burden as they called it and bring light and progress to darker countries The magnitude of the greed that prompted this colonization and the lengths individuals were willing to go to for such prestige and wealth is revealed by Joseph Conrad in his short story An Outpost of Progress by examining the hypocrisy of colonial domination the weaknesses of the main characters and the society from which they come and the inevitable collapse of the entire operation due to the blatant exploitation of the Africans Kayerts and Carlier the two men who are in charge of the outpost are insignificant pawns that are part of a large and merciless operation to colonize Africa The fa of the European nations is one of taking on the white mans burden in order to bring light to darkest Africa when in fact the ultimate goal is to acquire wealth power and prestige Instead of focusing their efforts on the enlightenment of the Africans as they claimed was their purpose Kayerts and Carlier were more concerned with the exceptional opportunity for them to distinguish themselves and to earn more percentages on the trade The Harbrace Anthology of Literature pg 930 The two men read a book titled Our Colonial Expansion that spoke much of the rights and duties of civilization pg 933 and extolled the merits of those who went about bringing light faith and commerce to the dark places of the earth pg 933 Unfortunately these two men utilize this book to justify what they are doing in Africa and indulge in fantastic ideas involving
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