Most notably, Orwell utilizes extreme amounts of irony. This irony is present through the entire novel; even the slogans of The Party are pure ironic contradictions: “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is freedom” (16). These slogans highlight just how backwards the intentions of The Party are, they are not advocating peace, freedom, or strength through their society.
Ultimately, Hyde uses Starkie to manipulate a colonial nation into understanding that labels like the typical Kiwi bloke are problematic. Labels are a societal issue because they do not always adhere to reality and it is unrealistic to categorise people into one group. In fact, people epitomize many categories; exemplified with Starkie who is a delinquent, black man and anti-hero. As a conclusion, generalisations are dangerous because they can be misleading and manipulative in ways which impact lives; evident in the final page of Passport to Hell. Starkie states “the world just speaks to you in a series of orders” (279) as if you have no place by not adhering to norms.
. forced her to so depend on the description of brutality - unmotivated, senseless - and to leave unanswered and unnoticed the only important question: what it was, after all, that moved her people to such deeds. (1654) Baldwin sees the graphic violence in the story as a means to create reality; however, Stowe fails, creating only more sentimentality. Baldwin suggests that the characterization in Uncle Tom's Cabin is racist in its development. He discusses the main characters of the novel as George, Eliza, and Uncle Tom.
In the present era of decolonization, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness presents one of fictions strongest accounts of British imperialism. Conrad’s attitude towards imperialism and race has been the subject of much literary and historical debate. Many literary critics view Conrad as accepting blindly the arrogant attitude of the white male European and condemn Conrad to be a racist and imperialists. The other side vehemently defends Conrad, perceiving the novel to be an attack on imperialism and the colonial experience. Understanding the two viewpoints side by side provides a unique understanding that leads to a commonality that both share; the novel simply presents a criticism of colonialists in Africa.
This modification in the narration suggests that the induction of Jack's savage inhibitions had reached so low as for him to divest himself of niceties of human sophistication. In this case it would be giving oneself a name or in Jack's particular situation; losing it. Apropos to th... ... middle of paper ... ...icts" can be blamed by savagery from an embattled personality for every islander. This presumption is appropriate to William Golding's views on human nature of mankind being totally primal with the absence of rules and also the subject of his allegory. In conclusion the symbolism and conflicts in this story are all propitious to the savagery of the islanders.
Yes, Fleming agrees Conrad completely ignored the Natives altogether, but Fleming also thinks Achebe is being a tad hypocritical when calling him a racist. Conrad is not the only author who portrays a problem in a one-sided manner (Fleming 91). Fleming suggests, instead of ridiculing one drawback to a text, like the one-sided point of view, readers must find the meaning in the whole picture to interpret the text. Florence Ridley approves of Fleming’s suggestion: to consider the whole picture in order to find meaning. Additionally, Ridley thinks Conrad is artfully clarifying that societal and personal issues have two sides: “The story is built upon the balance of opposites, a core of faith versus hollowness, restraint versus its lack, civilization versus savagery, light versus darkness” (49).
(An Image of Africa, Achebe, 1975) Achebe comments on Conrad’s work as a hidden product of racism because criticisms for Heart of Darkness mask the racism and it is now the way we [critics and readers] see the novella. Achebe’s contempt for the novella is beyond the words of Conrad; it is significantly towards the fact—the novella is not criticized more in the light of Conrad’s racism. Achebe’s comment might holds some truth because I didn’t read Heart of Darkness as a racist text.Personally, I saw it has the disintegration of colonialism. As Achebe suggests “am I a product of white racism?” To answer the question above, I am not a product of white racism because personally, I do not see it as a racist text. When I read Conrad’s The Heart of Darkness, the language hinted to racism not from the standpoint of Conrad, but from Marlow,the protagonist and the other major and minor characters.
However, he is not entirely sympathetic of the African people, as he tends to dehumanize them throughout the novella. “The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much.”(page 7). This quote gives readers the first glimpse of Marlow’s opinions on the subject of imperialism, but also foreshadows the terror that is to come in his tale of the Congo. The first part of the quote, is a harsh criticism of imperialism condemning the racism behind the act. The second, criticises the naivety of the majority of europeans, who blindly support imperia...
Additionally, conceptual examples of white negligence regarding black people provided by Toni Morrison will be used to further the argument of Twain’s racist views. Mark Twain is loose and irresponsible in his excessive use of the word “nigger”. It appears as if Twain has no regard for black people regarding the derogatory nature of the word. To him, it seems as if it is just some other ordinary word to describe people of color. He, based on his numerous uses, is negligent and possibly oblivious to what offense the use of the word might have toward black people.
Marlow’s like to Kurtz’s Intended is the example that Conrad needed to add to make the universality of his message clear: “The last words he pronounced was—your name”(164). Marlow despises lying more than any other form of darkness; “I hate, detest, and can’t bear a lie”(96). By having Marlow lie to Kurtz’s Intended, Conrad incorporates universality into the theme of the book. Lying is a form of evil, a form of darkness within Marlow, and even though Marlow restrains himself and steps back from the edge of giving into his d... ... middle of paper ... ...ality and omnipresence to the meaning and theme of evil inside everyone of the story. Works Cited and Consulted Conrad, Joseph.