Babel Q4: Colonialism at home and abroad
Lovell, Jardine, Matheson were all portrayed as unsympathetic, warmongering characters. Did they have any redeeming features? Did Kuang attempt to make these real people or melodramatic villains? She also makes the point that the rapacious colonialism of the Empire was being applied to the factory workers and farmers of Britain, and only then was it being resisted. What does this say about the insularity of people, not seeing the injustice around them?
Is the whole portrayal of colonialsm too one sided? Is there a benefit to empire? Look to how much of British culture, language, law, and so on remains in the British imperial ex-colonies. Why are they retained if they are purely the tools of oppression?
(Should I mention "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"?