Review Of ' The Great White Man '

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Getting back to the idea of how music plays an important role in this film, however, we must see how Schweitzer’s authority is challenged. Schweitzer tries to drown out the African boy’s drumming with his organ, but the drumming persists. The African boy, Higginson argues, is trying to invite Schweitzer to a musical dialogue. However, “the Great White Man refuses to hear the drum’s musical offering; yet, the drum responds to the rhythm of the keyboard.” The part where the colonial powers influenced this boy is when Schweitzer gives this boy a trumpet to play instead of the drum as a Christmas present. On a more positive note, Higginson argues that on the day that Gabon achieves independence, “the trumpet player frees himself from the Great…show more content…
Dieng, unable to read, signs contracts that he does not know for sure what exactly they entail. He even needed to pay someone to read the letter from Abdou that said Abdou sent him a money order. He also cannot cash in the money order without an identity card or “something with [his] picture on it”. And in order to get an identity card, according to Sarah L. Lincoln in her article titled “Consumption and Dependency in Mandabi", he needs “he needs a birth certificate, three photographs and fifty cents.” Another impact of colonialism is that cities like Dakar have no employment opportunities. Abdou has gone to Paris and picks up a working class job as a street sweeper. He has also gone to Paris in order to be educated in trade. He works all day and studies at night according to Lincoln. This is just one example of many in which Africans see Europe as a land that has much more opportunities. Even when Africans do live in European countries, they are not usually thriving so much, as evident by the fact that Abdou is working a modest, low paying job and he is not having a very nice time in Paris. Still, like many, he is willing to sacrifice his enjoyment for a while in order to have a better future. Senegal has also adopted a credit system that exists in the western world. According to Lincoln, Sembene argues that paying on credit can ruin a family financially, which is shown by the end of the film when Dieng’s and his family lose even their house.
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