According to Lajiman (2011), “Eurocentrism is constituted by “beliefs that postulate past or present superiority of Europeans over non-Europeans.” Eurocentrism can be said to develop out of Orientalism as a body of knowledge of the West about the East while always maintaining European culture on the higher civilisational scale.” For example, the Company in the novel believed that they are great, superior and more civilize compared to the native in Africa. “In the discourse of Orientalism, the Orient was immoral and it was the “white man’s burden’, as Rudyard Kipling famously put in, to improve the Orients’s morals.” (Sharp, 2009, Page 20). The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language defines “white man’s burden” as the supposed or presumed responsibility of white people to govern and impart their culture to nonwhite people, often advanced as a justification for European colonialism. Therefore, the Company proclaims and ingrains their propaganda into the minds of European saying that it is their duty to go to Africa and bring “light” to civilize the natives. However, the Company who portrayed as good and “white” actually do the opposite in Africa. In fact, they violated the land and the natives in the name of greed. From here, we can see the ambiguity the Conrad plays her...
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...ut it is more on his Eurocentric point of view when he narrates the “Heart of Darkness”. In “Heart of Darkness”, for me, I think that Conrad is more on his people side and being racist towards the Africans as we can see very clearly while Marlow is defending Kurtz by saying that what he saw in Africa cannot all be blamed on one man.
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