Essay about Analysis Of Frantz Fanon 's The Wretched Of The Earth

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Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth is a powerful text concerning the struggle faced by colonized people on their journey against colonialism and towards liberation. Rooted not only in psychology but also in Marxism and critical theory, the book provides an analysis of number issues related to colonialism and decolonization. Fanon methodically examines a diverse range of issues including, but not limited to, racial identity formation, language, class, and the way in which they interact with the liberation struggle and alter the relationship between colonizer and colonized. The topic of violence however, is addressed repeatedly. For this reason Fanon is perhaps best known for his views on violence and his belief that the process of decolonization is inherently violent. Yet phrasing his complex ideas and arguments in such way seems, to put it simply, reductionist. For this reason, this paper will seek to examine the theme of violence recreating identity during the struggle for liberation which was so central to Fanon’s ideas throughout the The Wretched of the Earth. The discussion of violence within this work does come with the important caveat that Fanon did not seek to glorify gratuitous violence. For example, his discussions on the FLN in Algeria never portrayed violence as tool purely for waging war. Rather, Fanon (1967) sought to understand the role played by violence in colonization and the rationale of violence within decolonization. For Fanon (1967) violence…

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