Heart Darkness Vs. Racism Essay

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Heart of Darkness is a great novel written by Joseph Conrad, this novel calls the very humanity of black people in to question, it also presents a powerful critique of imperialism and racism, so it is clear that there is a message needs to be sent through the events of this story. Morcover Heart of Darkness is still overrated not only because concod couldn't write english properly, but also because the case against it made by Chinua Achebe, he claimed conrad to be a bloody racist" in his lecture " An Image of Africa" he also added that " it is an offensive and totally deplorable book" , But for me as areader I disagree with china achebe for lots of reasons and facts. First of all I will discuss the issue of racism most sociologist and politician think that racism equals "Prejudice plus power" and that since African people, lack power, they are simply not capable of practicing racism against anyone, son as long as racism goes with power, we can not stop it or hide it, especially that racism has along history and goes so deep in the english society that racism must go so deep in english life (definitely) in the language, that it's hardly to be avoided even by anti-racists, even by its victims who are english, in fact, if Conrad is a racist, it's hard to see howracism in english to be avoided, further more, it's true that most of us reject racism but, being english, in english, we can not except as racists. Now that is "institutionalized" As a result most readers do not notice that conrad is " through going racist" as Achebe claims, because white racism against Africa is a normal way of thinking. The title of the novel has several meanings which certainly plays an extremely large role in the overall interpretation of meanings, the phrase " heart of darkness" refers to Congo because it is the wild and untamed area of truth and discovery, but with a far meaning beyond the surface, the heart of darkness is the symbol of marlow's journey and the jungle that surrounds him while marlow is seeking the truth in his journey he finally found it in kurtz. The book opens on the river themes and moves to what achieve says conrad makes it's antithesis, the river Congo, " one good, the other bad" which shows a mireading for me, marlow says " one of the dark places of the earth. " The darkness Conrad associates with the times in his opening scene belongs not to a primitive past, resembling an African Present but to the present, to the modern thames which is the great commercial waterway of the "biggest, and greatest, town on earth:, so darkness is the present of Europe and western life. Conrad is anti-racist and anti-imperialist as well he presents serious criticism toward Europe civilization and imperialism through the character of kurtz, kurtz is a very crucial one in the interpretation of the story as a whole, Marlow tells his listens that "All Europe .Contributed to the making of kurtz "(66) . this quotation indicate how Conrad shower kurtz...

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