Analysis Of Conrad 's Heart Of Darkness Essay

1261 Words Sep 28th, 2015 6 Pages
For countless millennia, civilizations around the globe have followed a patriarchal social construct. Far too often has the female voice been suppressed in the favor of their masculine counterparts. In the novel, Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad tells the tale of Marlow, a captain of a steamboat for the Belgian Continental Trading Society, as he ventures deep into the Congo. Although Conrad addresses the corruption of Africa and its people by European imperialism, he turns a blind-eye to the oppression that is occurring at home: that of women. In fact, the Conrad emphasizes the male-dominated nineteenth-century society by objectifying the few female characters in the novel and characterizing them as easily manipulated, ignorant, and entirely dependent on men. However, there is a definite contrast between European and African women. Conrad’s sexism is first seen in the presentation he offers of Marlow’s aunt. Although the men in Marlow’s family are aware of the dangers that lurk in Africa and are thus hesitant to aid him in his quest for a job, Marlow’s aunt is more than willing to help him. In fact, in response to her nephew’s request for assistance, Marlow’s aunt replies, “It will be delightful. I am ready to do anything, anything for you. It is a glorious idea” (Conrad 8). With this 2 statement, the “enthusiastic soul” not only affirms that she is oblivious to the miserable situation in Africa but also indicates that she is extremely anxious to please. Marlow, less…

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