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Corrupt Cosmopolitanism and the Savage Garden Joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness is the story of the meeting of two worlds the so-called advanced society of Europe and the Primitive society of Africa Throughout the novel he explores the various characteristics that reveals what it means to be civilized juxtaposed with what it means to be savage During the story white Europeans are portrayed as powerful and educated faithless and greedy whereas the black Africans are weak and uneducated faithful and selfless At the beginning of his story Marlow relates to his friends a scene that clearly portrays the power relationship between the European company men and the native Africans When he arrives at the Outer Station he greeted at first by six black men toiling up a path each having an iron collar on his neckpgs 12 - 13 They are called enemies pg 11 criminals pg 13 and nothing but black shadows of disease and starvation pg 14 Descriptions of the natives frequently liken them to mere animals one of these creatures went off on all fours towards the river to drink He lapped out of his and then sat up in the sunlight and let his wooly head fall on his breastbone pg 14 This imagery immediately precedes the image of the angelic chief accountant whom Conrad describes as a miracle pg 15 Moreover Marlow respected the fellow pg 15 because of this display of wealth and power The vast majority of the savage Africans are uneducated This results in their being treated as sub-human and despite the great number of them who perish during the course of Marlows story not one of them is mourned for This is apparent early on when the chief accountant complains that he hates those savages-hates them to Anzallo 2 death because the noise of one of them dying distracts him from making correct entriespg 16 Yet Marlow shows a grudging
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