Analysis Of Joseph Conrad 's Heart Of Darkness Essay

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It is self-evident that both novels use stereotypes in order to additionally characterize the natives. In Heart of Darkness the audience never meets a dynamic Native African nor is there much dialogue between the Europeans or the natives; most of the opinions are the results of Marlow’s observations where he often characterized them as inhuman or strips them of their humanity. Conrad goes as far to say that their, in concerns to industries, methods and technologies, are primitive: “It was unearthly, and the men were—No, they were not inhuman. Well, you know, that was the worst of it—the suspicion of their not being inhuman. It would come slowly to one. They howled and leaped, and spun, and made horrid faces; but what thrilled you was just the thought of their humanity—like yours—the thought of your remote kinship with this wild and passionate uproar. Ugly. Yes, it was ugly enough; but if you were man enough you would admit to yourself that there was in you just the faintest trace of a response to the terrible frankness of that noise, a dim suspicion of there being a meaning in it which you—you so remote from the night of first ages—could comprehend” (Conrad p. 51-52).
Through this observation, Marlow is drawing the picture of an unorderly, horrifying but compelling example of a primitive state. Marlow uses words such as “howled”, “leaped”, “spun”, and “horrid faces” to draw a comparison between the natives and animals. This animalistic behavior is ‘ugly’ in Marlow’s eyes…

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