In Joseph Conrad’s short story “The Heart of Darkness” we see many comments and terms that directly relate to people of color and women. We see that Marlow doesn’t believe that women are equal to him, and how Europeans viewed colored people differently at the time. I wouldn’t say that story was racist or anti feministic due to the time period that it came out in. Viewing it today I can see why people view the story as being racist. As for being anti feministic there are only a few comment that really stood out to me. At times Conrad makes points in which he views
During the novella we see many quotes made by Marlow and others that relate to racism towards the native Africans. In the first section of the story we see some comments that relate directly to the natives. " 'What a row the brute makes! ' said the indefatigable man with the moustaches, appearing near us. 'Serve him right. Transgression—punishment—bang! Pitiless, pitiless. That 's the only way. This will prevent all conflagrations for the future. I was just telling the manage.” (s1,pg18) The man was telling them to make sure to beat the slaves, so that they obey their orders. The men had no sympathy for the native Africans, and would treat them as if they were wild animals that needed to be trained. Back when the story was written most people wouldn’t have had a problem with these comments. Yes, slavery ended in the United States about 30 years before the story was written, but people all over the world still had racial differences. In section 2 of the story we see Marlow turning away from his original imperialist views. "It was unearthly, and the men were—No, they were not inhuman. Well, you know, that was the worst of it—this suspicion of their not being inhuman...
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...e same views that Marlow had in “The Heart of Darkness,” but those have to change. Its wrong to view women differently than a man in society now days. I definityl see why people view this story as anti-feministic, but only certain parts of the story stuck out as being a horrible way to view women and their perspectives.
Times have changed a lot since the release of Joseph Conrad’s “The Heart of Darkness.” Since then there is more equality in the world for people of all color and gender. We still see some racism and anti-feministic views in our world today but not like they were in 1899. It is totally understandable to say that the story is racists and anti-feministic for todays world, but not for when it was written. I agree that the views portrayed show racism and anti feminism but that’s because I grew up in different time period than when the story was written.
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