How are Father Drumont and Monsieur Vidal's goals for the region similar in The Poor Christ of Bomba? Drumont is concerned with the spread of Christianity while Vidal wants to continue the spread of what he thinks civilization should be even though this may dehumanize the people of Cameroon.
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Both Drumont's and Vidal's goals for the region are similar in how both want to impose their vision of reality on indigenous people.
Drumont wants to impose his Christian beliefs on the Africans. He believes that his spiritual path is the best one for them to follow. Drumont does not listen to the voices of those he seeks to convert. He fails to realize that they don't understand his sermons. He is blind to how they still revert to their original beliefs when he is gone. Finally, he lacks the understanding that Christianity is not addressing the problems in their lives. Their expressions are still what Drumont considers "sinful" and nothing really changes. Drumont's imposition ends up being for his own goals, which turn out to be illusory. He lacks the understanding to see that the people he is supposedly helping are not being helped.
Vidal wants to exploit the region for his own benefit. He believes that there is profit to be made through subjugating the indigenous people for labor. Vidal needs Christianity in order to supplant any rebellion that might be rising: "According to our informers, there are already certain subversive groups in the towns who follow Marxist-Leninism and I don’t know what-all. To my mind, the best weapon we have against that thuggish philosophy is Christianity.” Like Drumont, Vidal is more concerned with his vision more than the voice of the indigenous people. He, too, is not listening to the voice of the African people. His goals are for his own benefit.
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