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Is Joseph Conrad a racist Joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness is considered by many as a classic but over the years has presented many problems of interpretation One of the most famous misinterpretations is Chinua Achebes misunderstanding of Conrad as a racist We should not make insane assumptions about Conrads character simply because he was honest about how the Africans were treated back then Suppose If Conrad wrote the story any differently that is not putting the Africa and Africans down then it would not precisely reveal the history It is impossible to consider Conrad a racist because he is a product of his times which had that kind of racism built into its very language He only uses some racist remarks to show the people how Africans were treated and considered back then and Achebe lacks sufficient proof to claim that Conrad was a racist in real life In Heart of Darkness Conrad painted a very negative picture of colonialism By todays values his novel concerning Africans is most definitely crude however this is only a reflective of the state of affairs at the time Racism is slightly portrayed in his book but one must acknowledge the fact that back in Conrads days society actually conformed to racism But that doesnt tell us that Conrad himself was a racist Conrad constantly referred to the Africans in his book as savages and niggers to show the readers how the society and people at that time were ignorant towards African people One cannot claim from the following lines Black figures strolled out listlessly the beaten nigger groaned somewhere Heart of Darkness that Conrad is a racist This has nothing to do with the reality of Conrad being a racist If anything Conrad criticizes the European colonization of Africa in Heart of Darkness over and over again and has a sympathetic view towards Africans not racist In order to label Conrad a racist
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