Conflict Between Colonizer And The Colonized Under Colonial Rule

816 Words Nov 4th, 2015 4 Pages
In similar time periods in the Eastern Hemisphere, two men were leading movements with the same goal - to expel Western civilization from their countries. Although these two men had the same goal in mind, the methods through which they hoped to achieve these goals were drastically different. In Africa, Franz Fanon was calling for a violent removal of the French from Algeria through his book The Wretched of the Earth. In Asia, M.K. Gandhi was writing his pleas to the Indian people to push the British out of India through far less violent means. If these two men are fighting for the same cause, how is it that their methods were so different? One can answer this question by examining how each man viewed the European power in their country, as well as the role of violence in the original colonization. To look at how the methods of decolonization differ, it may first be appropriate to examine how both men view the relationship between the colonizer and the colonized under colonial rule. Both view the Western civilization as a negative presence in their perspective countries; however they each view the invading European countries in distinct ways. Fanon views the relationship between the French and the Algerians not as one of cohabitation, but “rather [an] exploitation of the colonized by the colonizer” (2). In agreement with this statement, he also emphasizes that there cannot exist two separate “sectors” in Algeria; “one of them is superfluous” and must be eliminated (Fanon…

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