Scholarly Article Assignment

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The article identified in this review is “A” for Atlantic: The
Colonizing Force of Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter” by Laura Doyle.
The article describes the processes and the events leading to
Colonization of the weak countries by the European Countries. Her
argument is that Colonization just happened almost insinuating that it
was a justified or a natural occurrence. To support her argument, she
uses the civil wars as events prompting the decisions of European
Countries to move across the Atlantic Ocean to colonize the America. In
my opinion I disagree with the author of the article. I do not believe
that it just happens accidentally or naturally. It lacks plausibility
since even in her narrations Laura describes the motives of the
Europeans that led to the idea of scrambling for territories (Burt 56).
However, it does not overstretch the claims because she maintains the
fact that there were other alternative solutions to civil wars and the
need to develop economic powers other than colonization of powerless
nations. Her arguments are fair in their consideration of the colonies
such as America, Africa and India. She thus refers to the wars across
the Atlantic as being rhetoric to the peoples’ quest for freedom and
liberation. The dominance of colonization tends to be more across the
Atlantic Ocean than on the Indian side, describing the ruins of social
and moral justice.
Laura sufficiently gives supportive information to her claims as she
explains the behaviors of European powers in the colonies, against the
low level of civilization among the native occupants. It balances nature
and planned events in the sense that as much as colonial powers were
unjust to the natives, their coming naturally developed into a benefit
for the natives. It contributed benefits to both the colonial powers and
the colonized countries. She provides an example of the governmental
structures across the Atlantic, which were directly transformed through
the democratic systems and parliamentary reforms an idea of the
colonial European blocks. The argument is not a fresh one because there
are more other literature and historical records about the interference
with native liberty, Atlantic economy, morals and social structures of
the original occupants of the colonies. It is an interesting story, but
only to the lovers of History, as it pulls the past events into reality.
It is insightful to the victims of colonialism and the Atlantic civil
fights, who upon realization of their violated rights, dare to seek
compensation and retribution. It is also interesting to the travellers
and international scholars, as they discover more details of the civil
rights from the ancient ruins.
In her examination of the work, Laura does not justify the natural
occurrence of the fights and its connection to the unnatural violence
and mistreatment of the native women and children. It is from an unusual
perspective that she tends to give a critical approach to the failures
of the colonial power to establish their territories without war. It
doesn’t offer any comparison or allusion from the events of colonial
activities that naturally articulated the benefit and the welfare of
their subjects.
In the long article, the author gives a full explanation to her ideas
she describes the demands of the European powers as natural occurrences
and the need to satisfy them at all costs. She defends the fact that
evens the humble petitions of the women in their native settings
deserved a hearing and a grant of their privileges. She fairly describes
the scope of colonialism and mentions a wide range of regions which the
European powers dominated, mentioning them race by race, and country by
country. Her claims are supported by the spread of English culture
across the Atlantic, the development of government structures borrowed
from English lifestyle and the spread of English language among the
regions affected by the European Civil wars. Other literatures
discussing the Atlantic history also coincide with her claims. For
example, Hawthorne’s novel, “Liberty Rhetoric” discusses the same
sequence of events with focus on the internal structures of the natives
and the changes brought about by the colonial powers.
Laura leaves many claims unexplained and do not fully justify her claims
of the natural occurrences of colonialism. Most of her claims are not
well developed. For example, how does she explain the self-justification
and fulfillment of the natives after they are stripped of their justice
and rights? The writer’s interpretation of Spiritual freedom does not
coincide with the real events in claims. She uses it as rhetoric
statements and thus fails to explain the dire need for reformations that
followed the colonial acts. Hawthorne’s novel also disagrees with the
claims by Laura stating that the history of colonization and the quest
for social justice were two distinct histories with no connection. It
agrees that the colonial powers were setting African Americans and
Indians to slavery. The constitutional crisis among the Atlantic
territories further makes it difficult for Laura to state that
Colonialism just happens to occur. It is an epitome of human error,
rather than a natural inefficiency. Laura attempts to generate
convincing claims but the reality that accompanies the consequences of
colonialism and reactions of the victims place Laura in dilemma. While
everybody generally agrees that adultery is immoral, Laura attempts to
include all the evil atrocities in her support for the European powers.
The fact that casualties for slavery and civil wars were from the native
colonies, shows that justice was not served to them, owing to the
negligence of their colonial masters.
In the interpretation of Laura’s story, there is an inclusion of some
analysis of the colonial history, and the rhetoric narration of the
Atlantic civil wars story. As Laura fails to provide the explanations in
the best of its development, it can only be considered as a summary of a
story not well understood. With reference to the aspect of colonialism
to the thesis of this analysis, we refer to the very first claim that
colonialism just happened. The background of Laura’s story and the
context of civil war as she explains develops an opinion that when the
weak cannot defend himself or herself, then the powers influencing his
or her interests are considered to be natural and unquestionable
(Jarrett 77). This appears to be the general claim of Laura’s article,
considering that she does not provide the details of justice that was
given to the natives of the colonial territories after the slavery. As a
matter of fact, the aftermaths of the colonial atrocities were later
treated as historical ruins, which is more of a mockery to the natives.
In my disagreement with Laura, Colonialism is a man-made symbol of human
greed.
Works Cited
Burt, Daniel. “The Chronology of American Literature: America`s
Literary Achievements from the Colonial Era to Modern Times”. New
York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004.
Jarrett, Gene A. “A Companion to African American Literature”. New
York: John Wiley & Sons, 2010.
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