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Hochschild's Congo-Leopold Tale

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Aside from the Book’s clear and detailed picture of the colonial era, one of the other basic strengths that form in the text are the images of key players in the Congo-Leopold tale. Although Hochschild extensively covers Leopold, he also gives critical attention to other characters such as Morel and Morton Stanley. Morton was the face of Leopold in Congo, a person that Hochschild exposes his cruelty and rage. Most of Morton’s character is linked to his childhood, more so the inner wounds, he must have lived and experienced. Through the life of Morton, Hochschild successfully depicts the economic explanation of imperialist expansion. Yet, there is also the psychological aspect, such as Morton’s upbringing, which may have also affected Leopold.
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