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When asked to create an image of Africa in ones mind many people describe a stuningly similar vision one which includes primative landscapes as well as a primative way of life In the past and even somewhat today Africa is considered to be a location that resembles a most natural form of earth The novels Heart of Darkness and Things Fall Apart are both novels that take place in Africa and have contrasting outlooks on a very similar senerio Both of these novels examine the effects caused by the arrival of the white man into the very location that can be truely classified as the heart of darkness Joseph Conrad author of Heart of Darkness shows very little respect towards Africas inhabitants and in response to Conrads bias nature Achebe writes his novel Things Fall Apart It is clearly visible that Achebes book addresses many of things that Joseph Conrads prejudice nature has failed to acknowldge such as the addressing of the blacks description of Africa and the societyculture of the African people While examining both novels it is evident that there is certainly a contrast in the overall tone in the way that the african people are addressed In Heart of Darkness the reader can easily pick up on the negative aspects of Jospeh Conrads writing methods On numerous occasions he addresses the Africans as nigers and blacks Conrad Says while addressing the Africans Strings of dusty nigers with splay feet arrived and departed Conrad 29 This qoute shows that the African people were not of enough importance to receive a name from Conrad in his story Conrad rather chooses to label them under the simple term of niger Rather then Conrad giving the black figures names he has chosen to leave them as simply black bodies and nigers In complete contrast Achebe has not only gone into a detailed description of African life but he has given almost each of them a
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