Heart of Darkness – by Joseph Conrad

4 April 2015
A look at two different viewpoints of Conrad’s novel, The Heart of Darkness.

In Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, there is an impression that Conrad is trying to convey. To some this may not appear to be as evident because his meaning is deeper than what is on the surface. Many critics of the novel note that the techniques that Conrad uses cause him to obscure his true intentions. Some of those who analyze his writing feel that the way he describes the Africans and the ways the Europeans treated them are explicitly racist. Conrad was ultimately trying to present us to the nature of the comparisons by which the whites act towards the blacks and not to demean the Africans. He puts his focus on the white mans attack of colonialism on the Africans residing along the Congo. The use of many actual events makes this more of a story of enormity rather than entertaining.
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