The Wretched Of The Earth Analysis

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Recent struggles and tensions in the Middle East have led many politicians and citizens to label all groups that stand in opposition to Western values as “terrorists” without considering the varying political and physical contexts that influence their actions. Instead of viewing the acts of violence that these groups participate in as products of their contextual situations or as a form of resistant response to their struggles, many politicians and citizens choose to judge these acts of violence in isolation. Acts of violence from these groups of “terrorists” are often viewed as acts that fall outside of the realms of morality and the reasons for the violence itself is diminished to senseless brutality through the use of reductive explanations. …show more content…
Fanon describes colonialism as “a world divided into compartments”, split between two different species of the good and the bad, the whites and the darks, the rich and the poor, the powerful and the weak. Such a division causes tensions that cannot be ignored and cannot be taken lightly. To Fanon, true decolonization will eliminate these barriers and promote a society in which “the last shall be first and the first last”. However, because the only true language that a colonial society understands is that of force and violence, the only way to usher in the destruction of colonialism is though greater violence. Fanon argues that colonial rule is preserved by repression and violence and that the only solution to the problems of colonialism can be guaranteed through a violent revolt of of the masses. This can be seen through his quote from page 60 of his book: “colonialism is not a thinking machine, nor a body endowed with reasoning faculties. It is violence in its natural state, and it will only yield when confronted with greater

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