Negative Views Of Imperialism In Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

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Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad has many negative views on imperialism. There are two reasons why the novella judges imperialism so critically. Imperialism has two goal and both are not met in the novella. The first goal the novella does not meet is the economic goal. Many workers are not doing there job effectively and the company is mainly run inefficiently. The other goal the novella does not meet is the goal to civilize the natives. Instead of civilizing the natives the company abuses and uses them for labour. It is clear that the novella, Heart of Darkness sees very little value in Imperialism. The only two goals of imperialism were not met. The only moment the text hesitates in its critiques in imperialism is the treatment given toward …show more content…
Instead of working on the railroad the workers were pointlessly setting of explosions on a cliff, “They were building a railway. The cliff was not in the way or anything; but this objectless blasting was all the work going on” (Conrad 116). These railroad workers are similar to the brick maker. Neither the brick maker or the railroad workers get any real work done. In a way, the situation with the railroad workers is worse than the brick maker. It is not only one person getting paid for not doing anything but many people. The company is paying for their workers to do as they please with the materials the company provided. Therefore, imperialism is frowned upon in the text because it fails the economic goal it is working …show more content…
The company in the novella do not succeed in any goal imperialism sets up to accomplish. The inefficiencies of the company allows for the failure of the economic goal of imperialism. The workers are not working to the best of their ability and there is a lot of disorganization. The rough treatment of the natives does not come close to civilizing the people. Instead of civilizing the natives they are abused, used for labour and killed. The only place in the text where it hesitates to completely condemn imperialism is with the treatment of Mr. Kurtz. He is admired but had done terrible

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