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Sameer Bhavnani Dr Alex Toth English 1A May 23 2003 Racism in Joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness We have to be very chary about pontificating on the totality of meaning of Heart of Darkness Written by Harold Collins who believes when you read the book one should not come to easy conclusions 104 Many scholars such as Ian Watt speculate that Joseph Conrad was a racist writing using the word cannibal to describe natives of Africa displayed racial prose Chinua Achebe writes Heart of Darkness projects the image of Africa as the other world the antithesis of Europe and therefore of civilization a place where mans vaunted intelligence and refinement are finally mocked by triumphant beastiality251 Conrad considered Africa as another world and Chinuas statement is supported by We are told that Going up that river was like traveling back to the earliest beginnings of the world251 Chinua continues writing how racism flows through the book The first appearance of racism occurs with Marlows employment with the company Marlows employment begins with his interview in a racist environment in a racist city which Joseph Conrad equates to a white sepulcher73 Marlows presentment of incident setting the image as a white forecast F R Leavis description of how white Marlow perceived the city 198 The medical exam consisted only of measurement of the cranium in the interest of science the doctor was of the belief that associating and commingling with the natives would only diminish intellectual capacity of the white people The doctor was very eager to prove his theory and leave his legacy with his colleagues Marlow was uncomfortable with the doctor asking him Are you an alienist The doctor replied Every doctor should be--a little76 Readers believe that Conrad was being racist against Doctors an Anti-Docti Marlows employment was a piece of good fortune for the company During the time people like Marlow were considered something like an emissary of light something like a
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