Essay on Heart Of Darkness By Joseph Conrad

909 Words Oct 4th, 2016 4 Pages
Heart of Darkness, a novel by Joseph Conrad, is about Marlow, a European going to the Congo to work for an ivory company to find one man, Kurtz; he has been out of sight for a while when the reader first hears about him. This book expresses views on both imperialism and racism. Although there is not a lot of substance to the book does not mean it is not worth anything. Heart of Darkness shows the reader events and facts about the Congo one should know to really understand it. Shows how bad the Africans were treated, how the British came in took over life to control the Africans. I think Heart of Darkness is pro-imperialist and very racist, both Hochschild, author of King Leopold’s Ghost, and Achebe, author of an Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, support those opinions in one way or another. Imperialism, by definition, is the policy of extending the rule of authority of an empire or nation over foreign countries, or of acquiring and holding colonies and dependencies (dictionary.com). The British do just that to the Congo. I think Heart of Darkness depicts how imperialism affects the Congo. The Scramble for Africa was when the Europeans were trying to take any piece of Africa to rule over; Britain achieved the Congo. The British thought going into the Congo would be helpful to them but in the end, it hurt them. For example, Kurtz was an ivory collector and to get his ivory he would manipulated towns into liking and respecting him then he would attack the…

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