Wednesday, February 17, 2016
A Postcolonial Approach to the Novel
The representation of Bertha presents aborigine peoples in the colonies as coarse, lascivious, and ignorant, thus justifying St. toilettes armorial bearingary role: Bertha is a foreign venomous in destiny of British counsel and enlightenment. Just as Jane retrains the minds of her lower-class students in England, St. John pass on reform the value of the pagans in India. both(prenominal) characters perpetuate a belief in British, Christian-based moral and sacred superiority. But St. Johns inability to renounce his all-embracing field of mission warfare shows that his colonialist zest isnt based on compassion or mutual understanding, but on hysteria violating the minds of indwelling peoples, if non their bodies. For twenty-first-century readers, St. Johns missionary preparedness is morally suspect, because it shows his elaborateness in the colonialist project, which resulted in violence against and colza of native peoples. St. Johns hardheartedness suggests the br utality and self-serving function of colonialism. Jane claims St. John forgets, pitilessly, the feelings and claims of little people, in pursing his own banging views; imagine the disparage he provide inflict on any native people who turn down him. Like Jane, they leave behind be suppress by his pitiless egotism. St. John spends the last out of his life drive for his lean in India. A wide warrior, St. John badly clears the painful behavior to improvement for the natives, execution their prejudices of creed and caste, though obviously not his own. In his impatient Christianity, he sees the Indians as an inferior race and hopes to implant British values in their supposedly substandard minds.