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Compare and contrast imperialism in Heart of Darkness and Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih.

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One way in which both of these excellent novels can be considered to be similar is the way in which they both, to varying degrees, attack the central notion of imperialism that lies on the belief that one group of humans is actually superior to another. Of course, European Imperialism is based on the premise that white people are superior to other types of people, who are "barbaric," "ignorant" and "savage." Both Conrad and Salih implicity question such easy binary distinctions in their text. Note how Salih does this in the following quote:

I preferred not to say the rest that had come to my mind: that just like us [the Europeans] are born and die, and in the journey from the cradle to the...

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