Globalization Early in the Novel

As a novel written in the time of globalization and a time period of mixing cultures as the world begins to become “smaller.” The group’s travels serve as a symbol of European countries that are too branching out to uncharted territories. Holly, Job and Leo are three civilized European men that find themselves in the African swamps. This is a massive change from them from their usual comfortable lifestyle in England. This is such a fascinating position because at first they seem as if they are the more advanced culture in that they live in established houses rather than caves and have advanced weapons. This notion is symbolically represented when the three of them are at the feast battle scene. As guests in the community, the tribe attempts to kill and eat the four of them (RIP Mahomed). This savage gesture shows how uncivilized their culture must be. Through this stage it is quite clear that the three Europeans must be more advanced in culture.
However, the tribe has some customs that can also seem more advanced than the Europeans. For instance woman in the tribe are praised and worshipped because they are the source of life. At this time in Europe, it was a male dominated society. As we know today men and women are viewed as equals in society. Perhaps this tribe is ahead of their time in that they have a balanced system between men and women. The women are praised when they are young as the source of life but then killed when they are older so that the men have a chance to prove their strength and source of worth in the community. Of course this savage notion of killing women at a certain point is not progress at all but the idea of equalizing their importance is. Different cultures have different advantages to offer to one another. In globalization in this time period, different societies exchanged ideas and practices with one another to improve their own culture. It will be important to keep this in mind as the novel moves forward, the three must adapt to practices and traditions of the African culture to stay alive.

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