How does Haggard portray the native Africans? What are their strengths and weaknesses? Are there signs of overty racism in the narrative?
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Although Haggard tries to argue against the Eurocentric superiority of race, he does believe in segregation between races. Quatermain’s prejudices are contradicted by the people and events he narrates. Ignosi and his people are noble, dignified, courageous, and happy. They have no need of outside influence, and Ignosi plans to prevent such interaction, and by force, if necessary. The notion of white superiority is hereby defeated, but the concept of segregation is not. Even Ignosi believes it is better for white and black men to keep to themselves.