The Role Of Racism In Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

analytical Essay
481 words
481 words

Racism is a word that can be defined in many different ways to people. For some, racism is simply a way of life, and for others, it is an ugly term that represents people’s intolerance to those different from them. Racism comes from people possessing different cultural values, ethnic backgrounds, and physical appearances, as well as believing that one is superior or being biased because of these differences. Many critics have made the claim that Joseph Conrad's novel Heart of Darkness is a racist work, even more so than other novels of its time. Heart of Darkness contains racist language and characters. It is difficult to believe/ think of the work as not being ridiculously racist. Many critics, including Chinua Achebe in his essay An Image

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that racism is an ugly term that represents people's intolerance to those different from them. many critics have made the claim that joseph conrad’s novel heart of darkness is racist.
  • Opines that the use of racist language is prevalent in joseph conrad's novel heart of darkness, despite its insights into the human condition.
  • Analyzes how the racist word 'nigger' was used nonchalantly by marlow and the other characters in the book. the characters accepted this word because it was normal and accepted during their time period.
  • Argues that heart of darkness by joseph conrad is not a racist work. they argue that the racist language he utilized in the novel reflects his thoughts and ideals.
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