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Heart of DarknessE written in the late nineteenth century reveals to the reader the colonial attitudes of the time regarding race The black Africans are disempowered and dehumanised The white Europeans do this through their representation The reader is prompted to acknowledge and oppose the black AfricansEmarginalisation by the white society The white society is represented as empowered through their treatment of the dark-skinned Africans The Europeans explored the globe and colonised other lands considering it their right The Europeans then used the natives to plunder the invaded country of its natural resources The white worsted around the neck of the steamers boiler man is a symbol of white power The necktie could be interpreted as the hands of white civilisation choking the natives of their culture individuality or resources This bit of white thread from beyond the seas could also symbolise the fact that the Africans felt the only way they could overcome their disempowerment would be to dress and behave like the European colonisers The extent of white European power is underscored by the fact that even through they treated the natives as barbarians the Africans still felt they had to imitate European customs to be accepted Additionally the white cloth around the Africans neck could symbolise the charade that the Africans were forced to endure due to European occupancy in their native land It is evident to the reader through their treatment of the Africans that the Europeans have power in the Heart of Darkness However through the representation of men such as Kurtz the Europeans are seen as powerless against a greater force- the darknessE The black Africans in Heart of DarknessEare represented as dehumanised creaturesEto be scorned at by the Europeans The Africans were described as having faces like grotesque masksbut they had bone muscle a wild vitality an intense energy of movement that was as natural and true as the surf along their coast
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