Critical Views Toward Conrad 's Heart Of Darkness Representation Of Africa
This paper aims to analyze Joseph Conrad’s heart of Darkness with its different critical reviewsеspecially Achebe and Said point of viewsto trace his views toward colonialism and racism. This point has been a matter of debate among writers and critics for a long time. The novella sitting is in Africa where people colonized by theеuropean dominant powers of the time attributed to from some Africanwriters sharp criticism against Conrad. C.Achebe accused Joseph Conrad of being "a thoroughgoing racist" for depicting Africa as "the other world”, while other critics likeе.Said defended him against this accusation.This debate led us to analyze the novella text and these critics reviews deeply toеxtract the writer’s Ideas toward the native Africans and their culture .
In reviewing the novella we can see Marlow as an overwhelming character to show the western sight toward the natives. Achebe argues that the representation of Africans in Heart of Darkness was not satisfactory .In other words heеxpected a Great Artist like Conrad to be more benevolent toward the people who were colonized. He claims that Conrad propagated the "dominant image of Africa in the Wеstern imagination" rather than portraying the continent in its true form (1793). Africans were portrayed in Conrad 's novel as savages with no language other than grunts and with no "other occupations besides merging into…