Compare the theme of racism incorporated in the novel “This earth of mankind” and “Heat and Dust”. Essay

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Compare the theme of racism incorporated in the novel “This earth of mankind” and “Heat and Dust”. This earth of mankind and Heat and Dust are both colonial period novels incorporating the theme of racism. The origins of these two novels were both colonies controlled by two powerful European nations. The colonizers did not only bring with them the alien culture and regime to their colonies, but also the ideology of racism. Both Toer and Jhabvala use the theme of racism to portray the effects of colonization and colonizers’ attitude toward their colonies. In “This earth of mankind”, Toer especially emphasizes on the racial discrimination against the novel’s protagonist, Minke. As a native who lives among the Dutch colonists, he experiences discrimination from many individuals because he is just a native, “You think, boy, because you wear European clothes, mix with Europeans, and can speak a little Dutch you then become a European? You’re still a monkey.” However, to the natives, he does not completely belong to them either, “You’re indeed on longer Javanese. Educated by the Dutch, you’ve become Dutch, a brown Dutchman, acting this way…” The colonists first brought the ideology of racism to the Netherlands Indies to put distinctions between themselves and the natives, but the natives apply that ideology on their own people, which suggests they do not possess great intelligence. This further strengthens the colonizers’ determination to exploit the natives and their possessions to an extreme extent. The unjust law system in the Netherlands Indies, severely exploited the rights of the natives. Towards the end of the novel, Minke marries Annelies and assumes he can start a happy life. But the court makes the decision that Annelies is under the legal marriage age. Another person, who is the legitimate child of Annelies’ murdered father is able to take away

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