The Consequences Of Imperialism In 'District 9'

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Imperialism has been a prominent force in the world for centuries and centuries, shaping the way the world looks today. Imperialism is a system of control where the minority completely dominants the majority through the extraction and exploitation of the land and its inhabitants. Through a corrupt system of control, MNU, the film District 9 reveals the prominent downfalls of imperialism highlighting the subjugation of the “inferior”, personal benefit, and national oppression. Subjugation of the inferior is a huge critique of imperialism, it supports the division of citizens and low qualities of life. The MNU uses multiple tactics to gain complete control over the aliens in district 9. From the beginning the aliens are placed in an apartheid-like …show more content…
Due to the fact that the MNU has almost complete control over the aliens, they raid their houses and extract anything they think may be a weapon. These weapons are extracted because MNU feels they would be more efficiently used by their own men in the private military company. It also eliminates any potential threat the aliens may pose upon the MNU; their weapons were one thing that could successfully cause a social revolution among the aliens. Furthermore, MNU would extract alien bodies and exploit them in labs. Even going as far as performing exploiting Wikus, who was one of their own. Tests and experiments were performed on them, and when information was attained it was sold to expand the MNU economically. The MNU maintains its imperialistic status by remaining economically superior to those whom they are making a profit off of. Instead of putting time and money into improving the quality of life for the aliens, they invest in researching the alien’s technological and biological resources. Investing in the aliens is seen as unimportant because the benefit to the MNU is miniscule compared to the benefits reaped from the alien’s resources. Imperialism causes the group in power to make decisions solely based off self-seeking interests, completely disregarding the large number of citizens their …show more content…
With the power from the subjugation of the inferior, and oppression of an entire nation imperialistic leaders make decisions based on personal benefit. Imperialism exists today, corporations are always working to expand globally and grow economically. With constant advances in technology, it becomes easier and easier for advanced countries or corporations to take advantage of more underdeveloped countries. District 9 causes the audience to emotionally connect with the aliens, and if not invoke change at least provoke new thoughts and ideas about

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